Always the Teacher and Always the Perfect Example is our Lord
by Jim Newton
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Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’
Jesus answered him, “It is also 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. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
(Matthew 4:1-11 NIV)
Satan was tempting Jesus, the human. Unfortunately, for Satan, Jesus’ human being was thoroughly saturated with the holy spirit and could not be tempted nor corrupted by earthly recompense or payment. In other words, our Lord, even in his weakened physcial state, was impregnable in the holy spirit.
Hosanna to our Lord’s divine majesty. How this great deed strengthens my faith. As well as the awe inspiring power of this deed, Jesus demonstrates the protective nature of the spirit. We must wear the spirit on the outside as well as the inside. Let it shine outward to be a beacon in the dark to others floundering in stormy seas near hidden shoals. We must have faith in the holy spirit to guide and protect us as it guided and protected our Lord in his human element.
Many are the times, I have been tempted. The holy spirit through my innocent faith always made the best of a bad situation. I truly believe the Lord led me into these situations to teach me. Each time, there appeared opportunities to give comfort to the downtrodden by the word of love from our lord. Each time, I was watched over and given guidance by the holy spirit. Each time, I was taken aback at how, seemingly, godless people listened with reverence to the words I spoke by direction of the spirit. It increased my faith exponentially.
I firmly believe people that are spurned by society are those who need and desire our Father most of all. Is that not the majority of people our Lord associated with when he visited us in his human form? Is that not our mission as Christians to minister and give aid to the poor, the oppressed, the downtrodden? The very people society as a whole casts out are the foundation of the church of our Lord Jesus. That is us. We are them. We are different. Our Father sends us on missions to gather the outcasts of society to his son, Jesus Christ. In doing this, the outcasts begin a journey toward a new life, a new self in the kingdom of our Father. They are his most loved and should be our most loved…not despised.
Let us take the light of the holy spirit into the dark areas of life. Let us glorify our Father by having faith in his spirit to guide, protect, and give courage to us to serve and bring to him those whom Satan has shattered. Let us take his light to those lovely creations, and guide them out of those dark recesses of human hate and broken dreams. Let us bath and clean them in the holy spirit and love of our Lord. Let us dress them in their new clothing of the forgiven and loved. As Jesus trusted the holy spirit to protect and give him courage, let us trust the spirit to finish the missions he assigns to us.
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