“ Not ‘If’, but ‘Since’ ”

Luke 4:1-13

 

1 Jesus returned from the Jordan River full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.  2 There he was tempted for forty days by the devil.  He ate nothing during those days and afterward Jesus was starving.  3 The devil said to him, “Since you are God’s Son, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.”  4 Jesus replied, “It’s written, People won’t live only by bread.”  5 Next the devil led him to a high place and showed him in a single instant all the kingdoms of the world.  6 The devil said, “I will give you this whole domain and the glory of all these kingdoms.  It’s been entrusted to me and I can give it to anyone I want.  7 Therefore, if you will worship me, it will all be yours.”  Jesus answered, “It’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”  9 The devil brought him into Jerusalem and stood him at the highest point of the temple.  He said to him, “Since you are God’s Son, throw yourself down from here; 10 for it’s written: He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you 11 and they will take you up in their hands so that you won’t hit your foot on a stone.”  12 Jesus answered, “It’s been said, Don’t test the Lord your God.”  13 After finishing every temptation, the devil departed from him until the next opportunity.