Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.
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The devil had just thrown his best stuff at Jesus, but it was all focused on what would work with most humans - tempting us with basic bodily needs, riches and power. The "opportune time" would be using the voice of his own disciple, Peter to offer up what would be the most tempting moment of Jesus' life. Peter said, "Don't go to Jerusalem. Don't go to die." Jesus would call out, "Get behind me, Satan." If you knew that beyond a shadow of a doubt that your death would save the lives of all people, most of us would seriously consider it. All of us, however, would be tempted by our own survival instinct not to trust whoever was making such an outrageous promise. Trusting God completely is something none of us have ever done. Loving others totally and unselfishly is nothing we can claim either. The best we can do is follow the one who could both trust and love splendidly. Jesus went to Jerusalem to die because he trusted God with himself so that he could love God's people unconditionally. To fuse trust in God and unselfish love for God's people is to embrace a way of death and life against which evil has no power.
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May I follow you this day and let the devil eat my dust. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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