Summary: Satan’s intention in the temptation was to make Jesus sin and frustrate God’s plan for the redemption of mankind.
From the River to the Wilderness
Satan’s intention in the temptation was to make Jesus sin and frustrate God’s plan for the redemption of mankind. God’s purpose in the temptation was to prove Jesus is His Son, sinless and a worthy Savior.
Immediately after the heavens were open Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Satan’s intent was to make Jesus commit a sin so that God’s plan for the redemption of mankind would be defeated by disqualifying Jesus as the Savior.
We must never forget great privileges and tokens of God’s favor will not exempt us from being tempted. After great honors that have been put on us and blessings we must expect something that is humbling; as Paul has a messenger of Satan sent to buffer him, after he had been in the third heavens. When temptations come our way God prepares His people for the temptation before He will permit it to come upon us. The best preparation is the assurance we are a child of God’s. If the Holy Spirit witness to our adoption, that will furnish us with an answer to all the suggestions of the evil spirit, designed either to correct us or silence us.
After we have been admitted into the communion of God, we must expect to be set upon by Satan. This is the time a convert must be more aware of Satan’s intent. When God calls us for a special purpose in His harvest Satan will attack us as he did Jesus. The place where the temptation of Jesus occurred was probably in the great wilderness of Sinai, where Moses and Elijah fasted forty days. There was no part of the wilderness of Judah that fit Mark’s description of the wilderness the Holy Spirit led Jesus into.
After He was baptized Jesus didn’t go to Jerusalem but into the wilderness. In the wilderness the tempter has the advantage. Though solitude is a friend to a good heart, yet Satan knows how to use it against us. Those who have shut themselves up in dens and deserts under the pretence of sanctity and devotion find that they are not out of reach of their spiritual enemies. Satan was given the advantage to make Jesus’ victory more illustrious. Satan was given the advantage because there was nothing in Jesus as there is in us. Therefore we must always pray not to be led into temptation and must keep away from those things that Satan can use to tempt us. When we are tempted we must not rely on our strength but the strength of the Holy Spirit.
We must be careful and not enter into temptation. But if God, by his providence, order us into circumstances of temptation for our testing, we must not think it strange, but trust the Lord and all shall be well. If we presume upon our own strength, and tempt the devil to tempt us, we provoke God but, wherever God leads us, He will go along with us, and we shall be more than conquerors we shall be over comers.
Jesus was led to be tempted by the devil and by the devil only. We are tempted when we are carried away and enticed by our own lust. Our Lord Jesus had no corrupt nature, and therefore he was led securely, without any fear or trembling, as a champion into the field of the battle. Our Lord Jesus submitted to the temptation because He would humble Himself in all things to make Himself like us.