Into the Wilderness

12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. Mark 1:12-13

First of all, I need to clarify something I wrote yesterday. An astute reader pointed out to me that I might want to clarify this:
“Jesus was not above the sinner but equal to him, while still retaining His deity.”

Jesus was 100% man and 100% God, yet without sin. He was equal in the sense that he had the same emotions, temptations, and situations we have to deal with. He took on human flesh to become like us, while still retaining His deity. Sorry for any confusion and thanks for allowing me to clarify this very important doctrinal matter and miscommunication.

We know in other places in the Gospels the manner of Jesus’ temptations. The temptations were as real as any we face, yet He resisted. The last sentence is a curious one and it doesn’t give us a lot of information.

What kind of wild animals and how many were there?
How many angels?
What were His needs after the time in the wilderness?

None of that matters else it would have been included in the narrative.

What matters is that Jesus withstood the temptations and knows intensely what that’s about. Later when he’s sweating drops of blood and hanging on the cross, he’ll also overcome those temptations to just call those attending angels and be done with it all (my speculation of how it could happen).

What matters is the Spirit can lead us as He led Jesus into the wilderness. Sometimes He does that anyhow because it’s what we need. Jesus too needed to be in the wilderness with the wild animals and Satan himself. He faced the fears, uncertainties, and chaos of not being in total control. Again, those are emotions and things we go through, and some of us go through them every day!

Being led by the Spirit isn’t easy because we resist and want to take the easy path. But perhaps the easiest path is the one He leads us on.

I know I’m writing hypothetically now, but we’ve all experienced his tug and our subsequent resistance. We also forget the times He’s tugged and we actually followed His lead, often without knowing it.

Rejoice that the Holy Spirit of God can be our Wise Guide when we let Him.

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