The Spirit takes Jesus into the wilderness for 40 days and nights. Here Satan shows his mode of operation as he tempts Jesus in 3 ways:
1) Lust of the flesh – Satan tells hungry Jesus to turn the stones to bread.
2) Pride of life – Satan takes Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and tells Him to jump off bc surely angels would catch the important Son of God.
3) Lust of the eye – Satan takes Jesus to a high mountain and shows Him all the kingdoms of the world and says all He sees can be His if Jesus will worship Satan.
Unlike Adam, Jesus does not give into these temptations. His success is based on Him appropriating the Word of God with each temptation. “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.”
When John the Baptist sees Jesus he says, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Jesus is the final and ultimate sacrifice we have been anticipating to come throughout the entire Story! Jesus then meets his first disciples (John, Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael) and a couple days later they attend a wedding where the wine runs out. At the request of His mother, Jesus performs His first miracle by turning water to wine and saving the wedding party. 🎉 “This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.”
We end the reading with Jesus visiting the temple in Jerusalem during the Jewish Passover where He found people using the temple for their trade. Jesus, showing zeal for His Father’s house, drives them out and says, “Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” The Jews ask Jesus for a sign and He says, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The people are confused bc they don’t understand that He is speaking of the temple of His body. Soon Jesus will be crucified and rise from the dead. Afterwards, His disciples, remembering these words, that He will rise in 3 days, will believe the Scripture and what Jesus had said (Luke 24:7-9).
Tomorrow we meet Nicodemus and a Samaritan woman. Keep reading.
(Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-15, John 1:19-2:25)