Monday, March 23, 2015

The Deceiver

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness."  The words of Mark are still more significant.  He says, "Immediately the Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts." "And in those days He did eat nothing."

When Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted, He was led by the Spirit of God.  He did not invite temptation.  He went to the wilderness to be alone, to contemplate His mission and work.  By fasting and prayer He was to brace Himself for the bloodstained path He must travel.  But Satan knew that the Savior had gone into the wilderness and he thought this the best time to approach Him.

Mighty issues for the world were at stake in the conflict between the Prince of light and the leader of the kingdom of darkness.  After tempting man to sin, Satan claimed the earth as his, and styled himself the prince of this world.  Having conformed to his own nature the father and mother of our race, he thought to establish here his empire.  He declared that men had chosen him as their sovereign.  Through his control of men, he held dominion over the world.  Christ had come to disprove Satan's claim.  As the Son of man, Christ would stand loyal to God.  Thus it would be shown that Satan had not gained complete control of the human race, and that his claim to the world was false.  All who desired deliverance from his power would be set free.  The dominion that Adam had lost through sin would be recovered.

Since the announcement to the serpent in Eden, " I will put enmity between the and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed" (Genesis3:15), Satan had known that he did not hold absolute sway over the world.  There was seen in men the working of a power that withstood his dominion.  With intense interest he watched  the sacrifices offered by Adam and his sons.  In these ceremonies he discerned a symbol of communion between earth and heaven.  He set himself to intercept this communion.  He misrepresented God, and misinterpreted the rites that pointed to the Savior.  Men were led to fear God as one who delighted in their destruction.  The sacrifices that should have revealed His love were offered only to appeal His wrath.  Satan excited the evil passions of men, in order to fasten his rule upon them. When God's written word was given, Satan studied the prophecies of the Savior's advent.  From generation to generation he worked to blind the people to these prophecies that they might reject Christ at His coming.

At the birth of Jesus, Satan knew that One had come with a divine commission to dispute his dominion.  He trembled at the angel's message attesting the authority of the newborn King. Satan well knew the position that Christ had held in heaven as the Beloved of the Father. That the Son of God should come to this earth as a man filled him with amazement and with apprehension.  He could not fathom the mystery of this great sacrifice.  His selfish soul could not understand such love for the deceived race.  The glory and peace of heaven, and the joy of communion with God, were but dimly comprehended by men; but they were well known to Lucifer, the covering cherub.  Since he had lost heaven, he was determined to find revenge by causing others to share his fall.  This he would do by causing them to undervalue heavenly things and to set the heart upon things of earth.

(Has he done a good job with his wicked intensions?  I would say so.  But we will learn as we go on with our worships that God did a much better job of saving souls, the sad part is that Satan has ruined the image of God in millions of souls that don't understand His love and and we need to spread His love around through our love for lost souls. That's why the Bible says to love your neighbor as yourself.  Take care of your neighbors needs in any way that you can and show them the love of Christ.  The best example of a Christian is the love they have for others.  Can we do that?  I think we can and we will be furthering God's kingdom and so many, many more will be saved.  Grandma Joan)  These thoughts were taken from the Desire of Ages, chapter 12.

No comments:

Post a Comment