Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:33-66
And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
Reviled—speak evil of, vilify, defame, blaspheme. Personal vindication is not as important as obeying the Father’s will.
Matthew 26:53—after Peter cuts guy’s ear off—Jesus could have called 12 legions of angels. Surely this was a temptation!
And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Sorrowful—pain, grief, uneasy, offend. Very heavy—distress, anguish, depressed.
Cup—Jesus uses this term to refer to His coming death.
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Jesus is in anguish of spirit; apostles are in tiredness of flesh. Prioritizing different spheres of life. Same words—not vain repetition.
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
Tempted—tired, tested. 3:16—Spirit comes on Him. Jesus needed the Spirit to withstand temptation. A testing of who Jesus was and the power available through the Spirit. Tempted to look elsewhere for provision. Every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth—faith comes by hearing word of God. God provided bread for 40 years to Israel!
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Satan’s quote leaves out “to keep thee in all thy ways.” No promise for keeping if not going the right way! Telling God to do His promise without doing what God commanded, pushing the limits, purposely seeking out danger to test God’s protection, is not faith.
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Jesus called Satan “The prince of this world” three times John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11.
Satan quotes no Scripture, done messing around, cuts to the chase. First time Jesus calls Satan by name.
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name
Humility—not just a lowering of state, but a submissive obedience. Not just any obedience, but the maximum humility of death on the cross, a criminal’s death.