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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
Thus He was constantly and continually overcoming Satan,
in a
manner no other human had experienced!
Then, turning again to Mark's record, "And it carne to pass in
those days that Jesus carne from Nazareth of Galilee, and was
baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway, coming up out of
the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove
descending upon him. And there carne a voice from heaven,
saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom 1 am well pleased.
"And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of
Satan ..." (Mark 1:9-13).
After forty days and forty nights without a morsel of food or
a drop of water, Jesus was physically very weak but spiritually
strong. Then ensued the most
titanic battle
ever fought - for the
highest stakes of all time in the universe!
The detailed story of this supreme struggle is recorded in
Matthew 4, beginning verse l.
Many a doctor of medicine would believe no man could live
forty days without food or water. They are woefully ignorant
about fasting. Jesus was, truly, somewhat close to actual starva–
tion. Words could not describe the desperate
HUNGER
that
gripped Him.
Satan struck directly at Jesus' weakest state at the moment.
He hurled his first blow in this contest for the greatest stakes ever
fought for, at what he well knew to be humanity's weakest point
both spiritually and physically-
vanity, and hunger:
"IF,"
Satan must have sneered insultingly,
"IF
thou be the Son
ofGod, command that these stones be made bread."
A spiritually weaker human would have bristled up, angrily
answering back,
"IF
1 be the Son of God, -
what do you mean, 1F?
l'll show you whether l'm the Son of God! l'll show you 1 can per–
form miracles!" And, to satisfy His desperate hunger, He would
have fallen into Satan's subtile trap!
But Jesus held fast His
OBEDIENCE
to Goo! He answered,
"lt
is written," going immediately to God's Scripture, "Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the
mouth ofGod!"
Satan had lost out on his most masterful thrust of temptation.