Lent Day 2: Jesus was Tempted with Control

Control is a powerful temptation.  In fact, of all the temptations it was one of the three that Satan chose to tempt Jesus with in the desert.  After 40 days of fasting in the wilderness Satan came to Jesus with his A game.  He knew he had this one major chance to stop Jesus before his public ministry began and he brought the full kingdom of darkness into this conversation.  In the third temptation the devil leads Jesus up to a high place and shows him the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’(Matt 4:8-10)

Satan was saying to Jesus, you can have all of this, you can have power and control of everything, all you have to do is worship me.  Wow, that is intense.  Jesus had to turn down the offer to have complete control over his life and over all things.  The reality is that He already had power and control over all things, but He chose in that that moment to lay down his right to power and submit to the Father.  Every day we are faced with this same temptation to be in control of our own lives.  The only other option is to surrender everything (including our very lives) and trust that He will take care of us.  Living a surrendered life is radical, but as I read it, it is the only way to experience the life that Jesus desires for us.

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