Saturday, 4 December 2021
Title: The Temptation of Jesus
By: Wong Yoke Ming

Matthew 4:9
And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”

We have read this passage in Matthew 4 many times and we are so, so grateful that Jesus did not agree to bow down to worship Satan. But do we consider that these temptations were directed, not to Jesus Christ fully God, but to Jesus Christ fully man?

John 1:1 reminded us that in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God; but we sometimes overlook John 1:14 – “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

Now, that ought to bring our minds that God came into our midst and dwelt with us. Should this then take us to another plane of reality? What do we think would have happened if Jesus, wholly man, had given in to temptation and bowed down to Satan in worship? But “Oh, we say, this could never happen because He is God.” And that’s just the point of this devotion – it was Jesus the ‘last Adam’ who was under attack. And his retort may be summed up thus – “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test; be gone.”

And yet, today, the world has indeed bowed down to Satan and has been consumed with the power and influence within the ‘kingdoms of the world.’ We only need to read the news to know of corruption on a scale never seen before in history, but will, I believe, certainly be surpassed in time to come.

Know that the temptations of Satan were visited on Jesus at the beginning of His earthly ministry. If He had succumbed, the Cross would never have been. Note that after the ‘wilderness temptation,’ He started His earthly ministry and called His first disciples.

What of our own ministry in response to the ‘great commission’? Are we credible in our witness? Have we bowed down before Satan to gain access to the ‘kingdoms of the world’? As Christians, we carry the name of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote (in Romans 8) that the whole world is groaning in futility and waiting for the sons of God to be revealed.

As another year closes, it has been a year with little freedom of movement. It should have been a year of reflection on our calling to be salt and light. And as we prepare our hearts to begin another year, how would we resolve not to bow down to the temptation of the ‘kingdoms of this world’? At this time, this should be a sobering thought, remembering that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

Heavenly Father, as we come to the end of another year, we pray that You would dominate our thoughts and our hearts. We pray that we would strengthen our resolve to be salt and light, not for the kingdoms of the earth, but for the glorious Kingdom of the Eternal God. Amen.


太4:9 对他说:“你若俯伏拜我,我就把这一切都赐给你。”



现在,这应该使我们想到,上帝来到我们中间,与我们同住。那么这是否应该把我们带到另一个现实的层面?我们认为,如果完全是人的耶稣屈服于试探,向撒旦低头跪拜,会发生什么?但 “哦,我们说,这不可能发生,因为他是神”。而这恰恰是这篇灵修的重点—受到攻击的是 “末后的亚当 “耶稣。他的反驳可以这样为总结—“你不可使耶和华你的神受试探,你走吧。”


要知道撒旦的试探是在耶稣在世传道之初对他施加的。如果耶稣屈服了,十字架救赎的大工就不会完成。请注意,在 “旷野的试探 “之后,他开始了他在地上的事奉,并召集了他的第一批门徒。

我们自己又如何响应 “大使命 “的事工?我们的个人见证可信吗?我们是否在撒旦面前屈服,以获得进入 “世界的国度 “的机会?作为基督徒,我们带着耶稣基督的名字。使徒保罗在罗马书第8章写道,整个世界都在徒劳地呻吟,等待上帝的儿子显现。

随着又一年的结束,这是一个几乎没有行动自由的一年。这本应是反思我们成为盐和光的呼召的一年。当我们准备好我们的心开始新的一年时,我们将如何决心不向“这个世界的国度”的诱惑低头?在这个时候,这应该是一个发人深省的想法,记住 “道成了肉身,住在我们中间”。