To live is to struggle against forces. Forces both within us and from without. Jesus was no different, as our Gospel story for this first Sunday in Lent shows us.
It is fitting as we enter the Lenten season to be reminded first of Jesus’ humanity. Especially after last week’s story of the Transfiguration, we could be drawn off course, into a common heresy that Jesus was just a little bit “specialer,” a little less human, floating a few inches above ground…whereas the rest of us chumps are stuck in a life of drudgery.
Not so. Jesus enters fully into our life, drudgery, chumphood, and all. Pain and all. Temptation and all.
It’s all here, in eleven verses, the story of how our deepest fears bring us off track, time and again. Away from serving the Lord and toward self-reliance. It’s a same old stuff we’ve been tempted by since the Garden of Eden.
Now this fact could make us despair, and many do. But if you’re looking for something more…you might want to re-read the title of this entry.
Powerful savior, you meet every temptation with us. For us. Thanks be to God. Amen.