Sunday, October 8: Throw yourself down. For it is written
On Sundays we'll walk through events in the life of Jesus Christ found in the four Gospels.
Read Matthew 4:5-7
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written:
"'He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"
Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"
In this second of three temptations of Christ, the devil appeals both to ego and hubris and to the nature of faith in how God works alongside people rather than controlling their every step. Look again at this temptation, and consider how it plays out in your own life.
Jesus, like you we are tempted in a multitude of ways. But unlike you, we too often fall and fail and give in to that temptation. We're so grateful for the grace and forgiveness you offer. But may we not over-rely on it, treating it like a soft cushion at the bottom of a very dangerous hill. Instead, train us to overcome temptation in the way that you did. Amen.