What is the greatest battle that was ever fought and what did it mean? Today’s devotional will give you the answer. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Matthew 4:1-11 (ESV)
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 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.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
“…One of the important titles assigned to Jesus in Matthew’s gospel is ‘Son of God.’ At Jesus’ baptism, the voice from heaven declares, ‘This is my Son…’ (3:17). Immediately Jesus is led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted. There he spends forty days and forty nights in a difficult fast. The first assault of the devil begin s with the taunt, ‘If you are the Son of God…’ (4:3). Jesus replies with words from Dt. 8 that first applied to Israel. At that point it is almost impossible not to remember that as early as Ex. 4 God refers to Israel as his son. As God’s Son Israel spent forty years in the desert being taught but failing to learn that ‘man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Dt. 8:3; Mt. 4:4); Jesus the true Son now spends forty days in the desert and demonstrates that he has learned that lesson. Indeed…Jesus is presented as the ‘son’ that Israel never was: obedient, persevering, submissive to God’s word ― in short, the locus of the true Israel.” [D. A. Carson, Collected Writings on Scripture compiled by Andrew David Naselli, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), p. 49]