What Temptation Is

by Andrew Forrest

Each of the devil’s temptations is about receiving something legitimate but in an illegitimate way.

  • Jesus is hungry–food is a legitimate need;
  • Jesus is Lord–having the authority and splendor of the world’s kingdoms is his right;
  • Jesus is Messiah–it is right that all the people in Jerusalem see his power.

The problem is that each of those legitimate ends can only come through suffering, and this is the temptation that the devil puts before Jesus: have what you need or what is rightfully yours, but have it without suffering for it.

Remember, though, that it’s Cross before Crown.

What temptations are you facing today?

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 4:1-13

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