God’s Thoughts to Me
Then the devil took Him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off … He will order His angels to protect you.” (Matthew 4:5-6, NLT).
The God Man
I was often confused by so many interpretations of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.
The most intimidating was when we as mere humans were expected to be as adamant and strong as our dearest Lord in resisting the evil one!
My insecurities and lust to earn His love through performance just delighted itself with glee while mocking me about my uselessness to our Pappa,
“You cannot even fast for one day for you need to eat in order to drink your medication for your illness. And never forget; God didn’t value you enough to heal you! Blah, blah, blah.”
Until the Light of Heaven declared war on this lying darkness clouding my heart. He revealed to me the extent of His sacrifice to redeem us from the slave master of lies.
Our Pappa knew how totally lost and inadequate we were to escape this monster who kept us chained to the fetters of this world.
But, the ransom price had to be paid to break and destroy the fetters of lies forever.
So our Lord Jesus became the ransom through willingly surrendering His divinity and lived the way we were created and wired to exist.
Not for one moment did He revert back to His God-hood … not for one moment did He refuse to drink the cup of wrath in our stead … not for one moment did He do His own thing apart from His Pappa!
If He did, He would not have been the spotless Lamb to be the perfect sacrifice for the iniquities of man . He would have been spotted by the monstrosity of independence.
No, He lived dependently on His Pappa and refused to give in to that pestering tempter to use His own power.
He was and is and will always be the only human on this side of eternity who fully trusted His Pappa’s love, goodness and power.
That is why we need only to come to Him and abide in Him … that is why we need to only submit to Him and resist the roaring lion tempting us to revert again to independence … to jump back into the salivary jaws of the evil one.
Because Jesus did not jump, Satan has to admit defeat when he sees us living in His Loving Embrace.
Much love XX