THE POWER OF SUBMISSION PDF Print

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”  Matthew 4:1 (ESV)

In this passage we discover the power of submission.  As Jesus emerges from the baptismal waters following the verbal affirmation of God the Father, one might more than halfway expect Him to explode from the river into full on preaching slash miracle-working mode.  Instead, Jesus who had patiently submitted to Mary and Joseph until the proper time restrains Himself once again and follows rather than leads.

This verse records a journey that takes the Son of man to a vitally important place– one that He’s already recognized and prepared for.  Whether you’ve discovered it yet or not, this journey was actually made for you – and without it you and I would have no future hope!

There are three aspects of this particularly peculiar journey we need to be aware of:
1.  This trip had a leader – and it wasn’t Jesus!  Emulate His humility.
2.  This journey had a destination – and it wasn't the wilderness.  Practice His willingness to deny self.
3.  This destination had a purpose – and it wasn’t just a solitary fight between the devil and Jesus!  Recognize His bonafide within this epic battle.

Jesus did what Adam could not.  He overcame the temptation laid before Him.  He did this so that we might have life.  So that we might escape our rightful judgement.  This was a battle royal and Jesus provided the victory for each of us.  In this “garden-moment” where man first failed – Jesus shook the locks on the gates to paradise!

– Dale

 

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