Is it possible to never fail in the wilderness? Yesterday, we thought about how God's people failed in the wilderness, and if we're honest, we'll know that we do to.
The season of lent reminds us of the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness, and one of our readings this week from the Bible Reading Plan was from Luke 4. Incredibly, we see Jesus (the second Adam), tempted in the same way as the first Adam, and yet this new Adam stood firm. Adam and Eve were tempted by something that was good for food, Satan also tempted Jesus with food - Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and was hungry! Jesus had the power to turn the stones into bread, and yet he said "No" to Satan. Secondly, Adam and Eve were tempted by something that was a delight to the eyes. Satan tempted Jesus with the delight of all the kingdoms of this world. But where Adam and Eve failed, Jesus didn't. Thirdly, Satan tempted Adam and Eve to want to be like God, and he tempted Jesus to exploit his position as the Son of God and put the Lord to test. Adam and Eve stumbled at each temptation, the Lord Jesus was tempted as we are, yet remained without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
The first Adam should have listened to God's Word and said 'No' to Satan, the second Adam did listen to God's Word and said 'No'.
It is possible to never fail in the wilderness - Jesus did it, but he's the only one who ever has and ever will, yet incredibly, to those who trust in him, he gives his right standing before God! He also empowers us by His Spirit to say 'No' to Satan! That's something St Patrick knew, and it's a great thing to think about today!
"The Scriptures tell us, "The first man, Adam, became a living person." But the last Adam--that is, Christ--is a life-giving Spirit.'" (1 Corinthians 15:45)