The Greatest Battle

We see much on TV and pay per view about mega battles, or championship fights. In my lifetime we have had the “Thrilla in Manilla”, the “Brawl in Montreal”, the “Rumble in the Jungle”, just in boxing. Those had huge audiences, massive media coverage and tremendous fan interest. But the greatest battle of all time took place in a lonely wilderness between Jesus and Satan. There were no witnesses, no media coverage, no pay per view. But the stakes were the highest of any match in history – our souls. Three times Satan tempted Jesus to sin. And three times, Jesus, though weary from fasting, overcame the temptation. If He would have slipped one time, we would have no chance of salvation, we would all be eternally lost. He first appealed to the physical, to make bread from stones to calm his hunger. Second was to tempt God by Jesus throwing Himself from the highest pinnacle of the temple in order to have God send the angels to save him. Third was to compromise with evil in order to gain authority over the kingdoms of men.  Each of those temptations was rejected by Christ through the word of God. Hebrews 4:15 says, For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. When we are tempted to sin, we can look to Christ for guidance, because He too was tempted “like as we are”. And his rejection of that temptation gives us a guide to help when we are tempted.