When you think of the devil, modern depictions would have you think of a silly looking red guy with horns who lives on your left shoulder. He really loves to play with fire and gets a big kick out of the slapstick humor of giving someone a good poke with the pointy end of his fork. While this idea of the devil certainly shows children that he is a bad dude, it struggles to remind both kids and adults that the devil is not a cartoon character. The devil is real and that could and should have us worried. He isn’t a nice guy and he has much more sinister plans than to just poke us with a fork. However, today we get to look at what happened when the very real devil was put up against the very real savior of us all, Jesus Christ! 

Read Together: Matthew 4:1-11 - CLICK HERE TO READ

In these verses, we got to read and hear about the greatest match up in history. Better than the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the San Francisco 49ers. Better than Ironman vs. Thanos. Better even than Barbie and Ken vs. the drama that might keep them apart. We get to see the devil, the evil mastermind behind all sin, try to take on a perfect Jesus one-on-one in a desert for 40 days. 40 days with the devil alone in the desert…and you think being stuck at home with siblings is hard! Jesus pulls off the victory though. He has a counter for every temptation the devil can throw at him. He had God’s Word and God’s promises to use against the devil and he did so perfectly. While this is the most dramatic part of their match up the devil doesn’t quit. We don’t get to read about every temptation that the devil used on Jesus his whole life but we know “[he] has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

We don’t have to spend 40 days in a desert with the devil tempting us the whole time. The devil doesn’t need that advantage against us. He tempts us everyday and everyday we sin. The Bible tells us though, that we are never alone. We have Jesus on our side. We have God’s Word and God’s promises just like Jesus had when the devil tempted him. That combination of Jesus and God’s Word beats the devil every single time. When we are tempted we need to remember to pray to the one who has beaten the devil, Jesus! “Call upon me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:15) Even when we fail, and we fall to the devil’s temptations we know that Jesus didn’t just beat the devil’s temptations. He beat the devil and all of his power on the cross when he died to take away all of our sins! What a mighty and loving God we have!

Prayer Together: Dear Lord Jesus, you came to this world and you resisted temptations that you did not have to all so that you could save us. Help us to remember to pray and rely on you when we are faced with temptation. Remind us also that when we sin you took away that sin on the cross when you won forgiveness and beat the devil for all eternity. Amen.