The Temptation of Jesus: Worshipping God Alone (Through the Gospels)

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“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Be gone, Satan! For it is written', 'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve’” ^Matthew 4:10. (Click to read entire passage)

The final temptation from the devil to Jesus is to try to get Jesus to bow down at at his feet in exchange for the glory of the kingdoms of the earth. When Adam and Eve sinned, the authority that was given to them to have dominion over the earth was handed over to the Satan (John 12:31, Ephesians 2:2, 2 Corinthians 4:4, 1 John 5:19). The devil took the authority over the earth when sin entered into man, which was why Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy (Genesis 3:15, Romans 16:20, 1 John 3:8). 

The final temptation from the devil was to offer Jesus authority without the pain and suffering of the Cross. Jesus’ authority is distinct from the authority of other kings and the devil. Jesus’ authority came from suffering, serving and death. While the devil coveted a golden crown, Jesus was after a crown of thorns. While the enemy wanted to hold a golden scepter, Jesus held onto nails on a Cross. While the devil gained his authority by rebelling against God, Jesus gained His authority by complete submission to God.  

Jesus holds His ground when the devil offers Him the glory of the kingdoms of the earth, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve” (Matthew 4:10). Jesus fights off the temptation of man of wanting to be receive fame, recognition, power and glory. Jesus, the only one who actually deserves these things reflects it off Himself and gives it to God. 

This is not about bowing to Satan, this is about getting glory from mankind. Jesus refuses to take any glory for Himself and shines all the honor back to God. 

We must to do the same thing. The enemy will come and tempt us to compromise our faith and convictions. We will be tempted to promote ourselves in order to receive recognition and glory from people. But not. We must live every waking moment for God to be glorified through every area of our lives. When we do this, the enemy will flee! 

William ChungComment