eMeditation on the Bible
Question: What test did Jesus pass
before he began his special work for God?
Story (Luke 4:1-13,
After Jesus was baptized, he prepared for his
special work for God by being tested in the desert by the Devil (the image of
temptation in the Bible, also known as the Tempter). Jesus was tempted to use
the power and authority God had given to him in ways that are contrary to the
core values of God’s family which are based on God’s primary nature of love.
First, the Tempter told Jesus to turn desert
stones into bread to satisfy his hunger. Jesus replied that he would only use
God’s power to serve God by serving others. Then the Tempter took Jesus to a
very high place to show him all the kingdoms on earth. The Tempter told Jesus
that he could achieve power over the whole world if he would be loyal to the
Tempter. Jesus replied that he would not do anything to compromise his loyalty
to God. Jesus said that he was committed to “be loyal to and serve God more than
Finally, the Tempter took Jesus to the highest
point on the temple, which itself was very high and on a mountain. The Tempter
told Jesus to jump and God’s angels would rescue him while the large crowd of
people watching below would be amazed and Jesus would become a great
celebrity with total control over the public. Jesus replied that God’s power
and authority are not given to get fame and control over people.
After these tests, Jesus was ready to serve
God by bringing the rule of God’s love to the human family.
Jesus showed us that when we live by God’s
core family values based on God’s love:
(1) we serve the needs of others instead
of focusing exclusively on our own needs and desires;
(2) we honor and please God instead of
compromising our integrity and virtue (德) to reach our goals;
(3) we entrust our life to God instead of
advancing our goals by controlling others.
During his career, Jesus always trusted God to
guide him as he brought honor to God by serving others as he lived according to
the core values of God’s family based on God’s nature of love.
Jesus is our model for how to live in God’s
family as a spiritual son or daughter of our heavenly father. When you follow
Jesus, you grow and mature spiritually to become united with God in God’s
primary nature of love.
Respond by Growing
Live according to the pattern of Jesus. To
live in this way, change your way of thinking and behaving from self-centered
to God-centered; specifically:
(1) Entrust your life to God.
(2) Honor and please God by loving and serving
(3) Live without compromising the core values
of God’s family, which are love expressed through compassion, justice and
serving needy persons.