Matthew 4:1-11, Children can follow along on page 180 in Shine On and 248 in Spark.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written,
“One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’
Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
“He will command his angels concerning you”,
and “On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” ’
Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” ’
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
“Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.” ’
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
The devil comes to Jesus with the implicit threats of irrelevance, invisibility, and loss of ability. Make yourself beloved with bread. Be seen with tower tricks! Lead all nations. But Jesus is here for the love, which is what he must remember and learn here in the wilderness, and carry it in his heart all the way to Jerusalem and the hard death to follow. And then the secret of Easter: love is the heart of the universe, not domination, and not death, but love. So what he establishes in the wilderness remains and prevails. So good.
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