vs. 4:13- “..until an opportune time.”
I have a question for you. Do you think that Jesus could have truly been tempted? Did Satan really have a chance, at all, of succeeding with his temptations? After all, even though Jesus was fully God (Heb. 2:17), he was fully man (Colossians 2:9) as well.
I often read about the temptation of Jesus (Luke 4:1-13) as just a lesson to us on how to respond to temptation (use scripture!). We know that the word of God is “sharper than any double edged sword” (Heb 4:12), so that’s our one weapon we can use against the rulers, authorities & powers of this dark world (Eph. 6:12).
But, today 4:13 stood out to me. Satan left Jesus after that scene and we read he would attempt to get at Jesus again at “an opportune time”. 😳
That makes me think that these temptations were very real! Satan actually felt he had a chance to sway Jesus. Yet, the verses Jesus quoted show his complete faith in his heavenly father; faith that took scripture at face value. He used scripture as his weapon as he was truly experiencing real temptation. He trusted that this weapon would win the battle.