Temptation


Have you ever placed a magnet on a piece of metal, expecting it to stick just to find out that it was actually plastic? Temptations are only those things that are attractive to our desires, differing from person to person.

Therefore, Jesus must have had desires too. Otherwise, how could the “temptations” of Satan in Matthew 4 have been temptations?

There are three things of importance to note about these temptations:

1. Matthew and Luke write about them in detail and yet they were not there. It is not hard to believe that Luke received much of his information from Matthew and other disciples. But where did Matthew receive his information? He wasn’t there.

Do you really believe that every detail about Jesus’ time with the disciples is recorded? Therefore, isn’t it possible that Jesus shared a heart to heart with his disciples one day to share about His struggles and victories. In sharing this story with them He was sharing a very vulnerable time with them.

2. These temptations assure us that Jesus understands our temptations. When you put them in light of what John defined temptations in 1 John 2:16 you understand that all temptations fall into one of three categories and Jesus faced each one at the close of not eating for over a month. He can relate.

3. Matthew had his own message in Matthew 4. The next thing that Matthew records Jesus saying is “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

We all face temptations. But, if we fail the simple message is “turn around!” To what? Temptations is all about us. The last words that Jesus said in Matthew 4 were “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Matthew did not throw together what we find in chapter four. It had a purpose – Repentance moves us from our desires (temptations) to focusing on others.

The vaccination for temptation? Be others focused. The cure for temptation if you do fail? Turn around, repent.

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The Day Jesus Was Tempted


  Matthew 4:1-10

If Jesus was alone, fasting for 40 days, has anyone bothered to ask how Matthew knew about the details? At the time of this 40 day experience there is no evidence that Matthew even knew who Jesus was. Therefore, Jesus must have felt it an important enough to share His personal moment with Matthew in detail.

Not only was it personal but it was a time that Jesus was vulnerable. Or else, how could that have been temptations unless each were attractive to Him?

So, what was so important about the three times that Satan tempted Jesus?

According to I John 2:16 all sin falls into one of three categories: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. Satan dangled a carrot for all three of these categories. Jesus may not have experienced the temptation you struggle with but whichever the three categories yours falls into, Jesus faced it.

  1. It proves that Jesus understands the temptations that we experience.
  2. It shows how he confronted those temptations
  3. Jesus took the time to rehearse this story to Matthew so that we may benefit from it.