Jesus' Desert Temptations

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Alex Andersen
10/21/12
Jesus Desert Temptations

Faith is what motivates a person to understand God and his teachings.  Faith is how we carry on with our lives, and it is what drives a person of God, or any person of religion to do the right thing.  This is one of the reasons that I believe is the meaning of his temptations. I am not changing my main point of view but I am saying.  Not only is faith the meaning of this scripture but that our lord was undoubtedly tempted at other times throughout his life. However in all this he was without sin and never compromised himself.  The main point though is how Jesus deals with temptation even with his humanity.  Remarkably it is because he was human, and made like us in every way, that he could do three vital things.  First he destroyed the devil’s power and freed those who were in slavery of fear of death (Hebrews 2:15).  Second he became a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he atoned for our sins (Hebrews 2:17).  Third he is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, and yet he was tempted in every way just we are but he did it without sin (Hebrews 4:15). The devil tempted Jesus first with changing stones into bread and Jesus replied with scripture and renounced him. Second the devil offered him all the nations and again Jesus renounced him with scripture. Third the devil took Jesus to the highest point in Jerusalem and told him to cast himself down, and again Jesus renounced him with scripture.  As we can see Jesus remained strong and true to God and his faith in him.  Therefore the meaning of Jesus temptations is his true test of faith. In essence Jesus experience in the desert helps us better understand these temptations that, keep us from serving God effectively.  The only way to overcome temptations is to know the bible thoroughly and then we will ultimately be triumphant over evil.                
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