Jesus does for me, what I can’t do for myself.
Jesus is the Son of God. He is a better son than Adam or Israel. Adam listed to the serpent and was exiled from the garden; Israel sinned on the edge of the promised land and was sent into the wilderness. Jesus enters the wilderness because of obedience, not disobedience, and he denies the serpent’s temptations.
God sends Jesus into the wilderness to be tested by Satan immediately after his baptism and affirmation.
Jesus fasted for 40 days. During this fast, he was being tempted.
Satan tempts Jesus to give in to the “lust of the flesh,” but Jesus chooses spiritual gratification over physical gratification.
Satan tempts Jesus to give in to the “lust of the eyes” and the “pride of life” (i.e. pride of posssions), but Jesus chooses to take the long road of suffering and obedience instead of Satan’s idolatrous shortcut.
Satan tempts Jesus to prove God’s love, but Jesus trusts his father and the “father of lies.”
When Jesus defeats Satan’s temptations, he does what I cannot do