A Thought from Matthew 4.1-11

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.”
(Matthew 4:1–11 ESV)

Christ is the realization, the achievement, of what Adam was unable to do. He overcame Satan in a way we could not. In fact here is what the story of Adam looks like. After being tempted, knowing God’s command, and failing, our course was set into motion. Scripture says, “Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3.22-24 ESV). What Adam could not do in the Garden, Christ accomplished in the desert. He further proves to be God’s son by fulfilling God’s desire for mankind. Only he could do this. God desired for his son, Adam, to follow and obey his commands and this is realized finally in God’s Son Jesus and is transferred and applied to us who come to faith. Paul clearly points this out. 1 Corinthians 15.22 says,“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” Christ is the new Adam, the one who gives life rather than death. Christ shows himself to be the faithful servant and son of God, faithful where Adam, and Israel, was not and obedient to God when Adam and Israel turned away.

This is the gospel. Christ gave up equality with the Father to put on flesh and relate to man through life on earth, including our temptations. The writer of Hebrews proclaims, He was tempted in every way we were, yet without sin (Heb. 4.15). God is not one who is unreachable and hidden behind veils or dark clouds, he intimately identifies with his creation in a way no other faith can claim. This is the gospel. The wages of sin has been abolished by the one who knew no sin. All has been done for us, we are left to respond and walk in faith. Christ is our hope, not man nor our own efforts. We trust in Christ, and that is what makes one a Christian.

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