Responding to Temptation
Luke 4: 1-13 NIV
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.
7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[c]”
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.
10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[d]”
12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[e]”
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Song for Reflection
Brown & Freed, 1933
Covered by Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Everly Brothers, The Muppets, and others
You came, I was alone, I should have known
You were temptation
You smiled, luring me on, my heart was gone
And you were temptation
It would be thrilling if you were willing
And, if it can never be, pity me
For you were born to be kissed I can't resist
You are temptation and I am yours
Here is my heart take it and say that we'll never part
I'm just a slave, only a slave
To you, temptation, I'm your slave