Luke 4 verse 1: “Then Jesus returned from the Jordon, full of The Holy Spirit, and was led by The Spirit in the wilderness”.
Nobody likes the prospect, of a wilderness experience, in Luke 4 verses 1 to 13, tell us about the wilderness experience Our Lord and Our Friend had.
A rather long wilderness experience, 40 days, most of us wouldn’t like 40 minutes without all our luxuries. Jesus was in the wilderness alone, vulnerable, and being tested by the devil. This was a moment of identification, of connection. Jesus who was attended by angels at His birth, Where He allowed Himself to be en-clothed in flesh, so that later by dying in the flesh, and rising again, He may give us all new life in Him if we believe.
Jesus had just been baptized in water, and was returning from the river Jordan, and was lead into the wilderness by The Spirit. Lead into a lonely and dark place, a place where He identifies with us on every level of our human experience.
Jesus was tempted, His Deity was questioned, His ability was challenged, For 40 days He endured what very few of us will ever, and He did it so what ever wilderness we are in, or face in our lives, we have Him as our example. Our Lord and Our Friend has made a promise to us in Hebrews 13 verse 5: “I will never leave you or forsake you”.
Life is a journey, and there are times that will be sad, and sometimes actually bad. During these times, during long periods of loneliness, we may feel as if no one knows how we are feeling, but Our Lord and Our Friend does.
Sometimes when we feel totally bereft of comfort and support, we believe no one could ever experience what we are going through, Our Lord and Our Friend has.
Our Lord and Our Friends, promise remains constant,
Psalm 23; The well known The Lord is my Shepherd; verse 4 states:
“Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; your rod and Your staff–they comfort me”.
And if we read verse one, and take fresh nourishment, from it:
“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack”.
There is nothing we lack in any situation of our lives, even during the sometimes difficult wilderness experience, because His promises are always with us.
O F J