We continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.
We’re in the midst of a series entitled JESUS ON EVERYTHING, where we’re looking at what Jesus said on a wide variety of subjects with a minimum of commentary from me.
Jesus had a lot of rather sobering statements about Satan, aka “the devil,” “the evil one” and the “prince of this world.”
Right after his baptism, Jesus went one-on-one with Satan in the desert:
One question we’ve been asking ourselves at every step in our journey is: What exactly does Jesus want us to do?
Yesterday we kicked off our review of Jesus’ answer to that question with a look at Jesus’ BIG 2 COMMANDS:
Jesus healed a man who couldn’t speak, amazing the crowds. But some accused Jesus of being in cahoots with Beelzebul, the ruler of demons. Others tried to test him by demanding a sign from heaven.
Here’s how Jesus responded:
We’re beginning the new year with our official 2016 GUWG resolution:
KNOW JESUS MORE NOW
To help make that happen, this year on GUWG we’re examining every single syllable uttered by Jesus in the Gospels. We’ll start at the beginning and work our way chronologically to his very last words from the Cross.
Today’s topic: The Temptation of Jesus.
Got a deep, thorny, mind-boggling Bible question? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my very best to answer it in 100 words or less.
Today, you get two questions for the price of one.
Here’s Question #1: What does the Bible reeeeeally say about Satan?
First, the whole horn/pitchfork/pointy tail thing is made up. That’s not in the Bible.
The Bible describes Satan as a fallen angel who rebelled against God, was thrown out of heaven and now battles humans and God. “Satan” literally means “adversary” and that’s exactly what he is. He’s also called the devil, the accuser, the evil one, the father of lies, the prince of darkness and the god of this age.
You adulterous people,
don’t you know that friendship with the world
is hatred toward God?
Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world
becomes an enemy of God.
Those are tough words. But they’re true.
Which side are you on? Look at your actions the past 24 hours. Do they show more friendship with the world or with God?
When Satan was tempting Jesus in the desert, he took him to a mountain and showed him “all the kingdoms of the world in their splendor.” Then Satan said:
All this I will give you,
if you will bow down and worship me.
Away from me, Satan!
For it is written:
“Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”
Satan’s response? He boogied. (Matthew 4:11)
James picks up on this theme. Immediately after the “friendship” warning above, he says this:
Submit yourselves, then, to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Come near to God and he will come near to you . . .
Humble yourselves before the Lord,
and he will lift you up.
(James 4:7-8a, 10)
Choose your friends wisely. Choose the world and it’ll drag you down. Choose God and he’ll lift you up.