RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, March 10, 2019
RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).
Main Idea: Jesus’ suffering was real, and it gave him a unique perspective on what it meant to be human.
This is such a familiar story, it can be easy to think that Jesus, being God, was not really all that tempted to disobey God and follow Satan. But I think Jesus was tempted beyond anything most of us have ever experienced. Think about it – Jesus hadn’t eaten for 40 days when he realized (or was prompted) that he could turn stone into bread. I imagine the debate going on in his mind was excruciating! It probably went something like this...
“I am literally starving! What good could I do if I die of starvation? Just a small morsel would go a long way. No one will know because no one is watching. But – I’ll know. God will know. This hunger will not last forever. One way or another, I will either starve to death or my time of trial will end, and I will eat. And when I do, I will never again be a slave to the human need for food, for I know I can survive starvation. I can focus my attention on the things of God, not on the things of human need.”
Jesus’ divinity didn’t necessarily ease his suffering. He still existed in a human body on a human planet. Whatever was going on in Jesus’ head, I am quite certain the whole experience was physically painful and emotionally draining. But Jesus got through it.
And Satan never did win.
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