Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
After watching Jesus get baptized, he went straight into the wilderness for forty days. I’m not sure if he ate a little or nothing at all, but he was facing more than hunger or weakness; he was facing the Accuser (Luke 4:1-2).
He told us the story as we traveled with him later as one of his disciples. While we walked along he said, “The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.” He had quoted Deuteronomy 8:3
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
I thought, “everything comes from God, the spiritual is as important as the physical.”
Jesus told us how the devil had led him to a high place and promised him the world, showing everything to him in a vision (Luke 4:5-6). There was just one caveat.
“If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
Jesus countered by quoting the last book of Moses again, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”
“Rejecting everything that wasn’t God’s will? Whoa,” I thought, “he could’ve lived in luxury rather than be hungry like he was now.”
They had went to Jerusalem to the highest point of the temple. The Accuser said, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
Jesus said the devil had quoted Psalm 91:11-12 to him, twisting it. Jesus replied again from Deuteronomy, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” He knew the proper context, warning us that the devil can quote Scripture too.
I sat in thought later about the ramifications of this. I can also be tempted and tested. The way through it is modeled by Jesus, to be obedient, knowing God’s will and the Scriptures. If I trust him, he’ll be faithful.
Where It Started
Remembering back to when I started following him, I was with John the Baptist when he saw Jesus return from the wilderness. He said, ““Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Continuing, he told me, “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”
The next day John was there with me and one other. He saw Jesus passing by and announced, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
So, Andrew and I started following Jesus. Later, Andrew introduced his brother Simon Peter to Jesus, but he didn’t stay long. I followed as he gathered more followers. Soon we would be going to a wedding.