The Big Battle

Tonight is the big game.  The New England Patriots and the New York Giants will battle it out in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XVLI.  It is the biggest battle of the sports year. Well over 100 million Americans will tune into the game.  The game will be broadcast all over the world.  Nobody really knows how many people will be watching worldwide.

However, there was a battle bigger than the Superbowl.  It was the battle in the Judean wilderness between Jesus and Satan, recorded in Matthew 4:1-11. Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights.  He was fasting and being by the devil.  At the end of His time in the wilderness, Jesus faced three of the strongest temptations known to man.  Satan tempted Him to turn the stones into bread to satisfy His hunger.  Satan tempted Him to jump from a large height to show that angels would rescue Him. Satan tempted Him to worship Satan in exchange for all of the kingdoms of the world.

To each and every temptation, Jesus responded with the Scripture, “It is written, … It is written, … It is written.”  Jesus didn’t turn the stones into bread, because it is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone.”  Jesus didn’t jump from the height, because it is written, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”  Jesus didn’t fall down to worship Satan, because it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”

With these responses, Satan was defeated. Jesus won the great battle. To the best of our knowledge, nobody was watching.

The good news is that “Since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).

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