And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil.
Luke 4:1-2 (ESV)
We are in the month of December, a time when many people experience more stress than usual. Many mention feelings of depression or loneliness. On one hand we celebrate with lights, trees, music, family and food. On the other hand we struggle with our wants and our needs, our disappointments and our losses. We rejoice but yet we are grieved. We want to live in the perfect Christmas scene on the front of our Christmas cards.
Christmas is celebrated as part of life in our world. Because of that, we have the same tug and pull of Satan during Christmas that we have throughout the rest of the year. He does not want us to experience the complete joy that we think Christmas should bring. Satan’s goal is to take our joy and leave us empty, wanting more and appreciating less.
Jesus came from the desert, after 40 days of temptation, and immediately began to tell people the good news that God’s promised redemption had come. He immediately began to care for others, healing them, restoring them, and giving them hope.
Jesus set the example for us. In His name and power, we can push Satan out of our lives and experience the joy of our salvation throughout this Christmas season.
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:14-19 (ESV)