Scripture Nugget 10.22.2015

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written one does not live by bread alone.’

Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, ‘To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I will give it to anyone I please. If you, then will worship me, it will all be yours.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “Worship the Lord you God, and serve only him.”’

Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,” and “On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone”’. 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.” Luke 4:1-13


The temptation to sin does not go away, not even, John Wesley argued, for those who have matured to Christian perfection. Jesus is filled with and led by the Spirit (4:1) even as he is tempted. In the account of the temptation of Jesus, the Gospel writer notes that the devil does not give up on tempting Jesus; the devil simply waits for a better time (4:13). This reality cautions us not to feel that a temptation once conquered is permanently conquered. -Wesley Study Bible pg 1244