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Unmoving, Unchanging, Always

April 16, 2017
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In Luke chapter 4, the Word of God gives us a stark contrast between the motivation and mindset of Satan compared to the heavenly and eternal focus of Jesus Christ. The great tempter (Satan) put a “full court press” with untold veracity on the Lord in the wilderness. From these great trials (with an ensuing victory) we further glean a true understanding and appreciation for the selfless, righteous, and loving character of our Savior. Christ’s character during the temptation was so focused and resolute to the will of the Father that Satan himself had to realize the depth and breadth of an unmoving, unchanging, and always present obedient spirit in Christ.

“Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days did he eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” (Luke 4:2)

One can only imagine the intensity and aggressive nature of the attacks from Satan. Christ was tempted for forty days by one of the most prominent and fallen angels that ever existed. Satan’s clever, subtle, manipulative, and corrosive personality and evil spirit is active in destroying everything that is good, holy, and righteous. For His part in fending off the ruthless attacker, Christ decided to flee the physical needs of this world and took no food. My human instincts tell me that Christ wanted to bask in that still small place of God Almighty to be able to endure the onslaught of sin and oppression as He was being tempted in the wilderness by Satan. This approach should not get lost on Christians everywhere. When we are under attack do we flee earthly pleasures and physical needs of this world in order to come under the complete and total control of God’s spirit?        

As the chapter progresses, Satan now wants Christ to legitimize His standing as the Son of God. In other words, “Prove it to me. If you are as great and as powerful as you are made out to be, then prove it to me!”

“And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.” (Luke 4:3)

And while Satan could do nothing but focus on the earthly and material components of turning the stone into bread, Christ had a heavenly view full of spiritual discernment and focus that honored the one true God above. Yes, after forty days in the wilderness and without food, Christ was hungry. However, He would not give in to the evil manipulation.

“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, THAT MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD OF GOD.” (Luke 4:4)

When Satan’s tactic to entice the lust of the flesh was rendered of none effect by our Savior, Satan then moved to the lust of the eyes showing Christ all the kingdoms of the world. Through the eyes, Satan was hoping that Christ would covet the dominance and power of the world.

“And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.” (Luke 4:5, 6)

However, once again Christ rebuffed the advances of Satan by turning to the Lord. He would not let the allure and power of the world influence His determined obedience and servanthood.

“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE.” (Luke 4:8)

Then, in a final attempt to sway and tempt Jesus, Satan had a plan to tickle the prideful (pride of life) and self-aggrandizing character of the Lord……should there be any. Satan played on the fact that Christ could command legions of angels should He so desire. However, Christ would have none of it as He pointed back to the Lord in His response.

“And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGLES CHARGE OVER THEE, TO KEEP THEE: And IN THEIR HANDS THEY SHALL BEAR THEE UP, LEST AT ANY TIME THOU DASH THY FOOT AGAINST A STONE.” (Luke 4:9-11)

Christ understood that to be obedient to God meant being obedient to the agony of the Cross. No amount of power, influence, or physical/material abundance would stop Him from fulfilling His destiny on the Cross of Calvary. Christ clearly had to wrestle with the profound extremities of the following desires:

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16)

What a spectacular picture we have of an unmoving, unchanging, and always present obedient spirit in Christ Jesus. Even in the midst of unimagined spiritual temptation, we see that we serve a Savior that was obedient to the Cross. His great love for us knows no limits or bounds. Praise God!   

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8) 


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