REAL POWER: MAXING OUT ON GOD'S LOVE
THE THIRD TEMPTATION
The first two temptations were an
abject failure for the devil. He took his best shots at Jesus, and
the bullets bounced off. He had one last chance to take Jesus out
with temptation number three. It now was pointless for the devil to
argue about who Jesus was. That issue was settled. Jesus knew and
the devil knew that he was the Son of God.
The devil had one final shot in his
gun. The devil knew that although Jesus was the Son of God, he was
also human, and he might be vulnerable to the desires of the flesh.
After all, Jesus was a carpenter from Nazareth, and for most of his
adult years, he had been supporting his family since his father was
dead, and he was the oldest surviving male child. Jesus had family
responsibilities and knew what it was like to work for a living. He
wasnít a rich man, and perhaps, he could be bought. The devil knew
that everyone has a price, and it was time to find out if Jesus had
The devil told him to imagine how
great his life would be if he had wealth and power. He could buy a
big condominium on the beach at the Sea of Galilee. He would have
enough money and influence to start the Jesus of Nazareth University,
and he could be its first president. He could buy his mother a nice
villa in Jerusalem. He could have the good life and live to a ripe
old age. No need for suffering. No crucifixion would be in the cards
for him. He would be on easy street for the rest of his life. Anyone
would have to be crazy to turn down such a great deal. At least, that
is what the devil hoped.
The devil took the carpenter from
Nazareth to the top of a high mountain and showed him the kingdoms of
the world. He showed him the Roman Empire with all of its wealth,
power, and prestige. The devil tells him itís all his if he will do
just one thing. All he needs to do is bow down and serve him.
What an offer, especially for a
person who was regarded by some as being an illegitimate child.
Imagine what all of his friends and acquaintances would think,
especially the ones who said he was a loser and that he would never
amount to anything. He could really show them now; rags to riches,
power, and fame in the twinkling of an eye. Never before had such an
offer been made to anyone on planet earth. Jesus could have it all if
he would just bend his knee and forget that he was Godís Son.
This poor man from Nazareth had an
opportunity to have it all. He didnít have to suffer and die a
horrible death by crucifixion. What would his answer be? Would he
live as the Son of God or as the slave of Satan?
Jesus chose to live as the Son of
God. He told the devil, ďGet thee behind me Satan. Thou shalt
worship the Lord thy God and him only shalt thou serve.Ē
Later on in his ministry, Jesus said,
ďWhat does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his
soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?Ē Jesus could
not be bought at any price.
Jesus knew he was Godís Son, and he
knew what lay ahead. He chose to suffer in order to reveal Godís
unconditional love. He would show the world that they could live as
Godís children, and they could audaciously dare to call God their
Father. He chose to demonstrate that Godís love was the most powerful
force in the universe. And when he died by crucifixion, he showed
that God was willing to pay any price to prove his love for the people
BE READY WHEN THE THIRD TEMPTATION
COMES YOUR WAY
The third temptation is probably the
one that destroys the greatest number of people. When you know that
you are a child of God, you better be prepared for the devilís final
attack. He is going to find out if you have a price.
What will it take for him to buy
you? He will let you play your religious games, and if you want to
call yourself a child of God, that wonít bother him either. Just
answer the question. Whatís your price? What do your really want?
How about money, fame, power, or maybe all three? The devil can cut
you any deal you like. All you need to do is bow your knee and serve
Many people come alive spiritually,
and God becomes their Father. But before long, the devil lays his
subtle trap and tries to give you everything you think you want. If
you arenít careful, you will buy what he is selling. He knows your
price better than you do. So be alert and prepared because your soul
is hanging in the balance.
If you really are a child of God,
this temptation will soon be coming your way. Jesus didnít have a
price, and you shouldnít either. The Father who loves you with an
everlasting love will give you everything you need. When you have a
personal relationship with the Father, you already have everything you
ONE STRIKE AND YOU ARE OUT
All the temptations you ever face
will probably be a variation of the three that Jesus faced two
thousand years ago. The devil knows if can get you on any one of the
three, you are out of the game. You must be able to face all three
temptations and walk away a winner.
This isnít a game in which you are
fine if you win more than you lose. Two out of three is a losing
score. One strike and you are out.
Donít ever forget that you are a
child of God. God is your Father, and He has a plan for your life
that is better than anything you can imagine. Although itís true that
one strike can take you out of the game, if you survive these three
temptations, you will hit a home run and win the game of life. You
will also be a champion for eternity.
God is my Father and has a plan for my life that is better than
anything I can imagine. Nothing the devil can offer could ever be
better than Godís positive plan. Jesus didnít have a price and I
donít have one either. I have a personal relationship with God, and I
already have everything I need to have a good life, now and forever.
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