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Your Own Personal Wilderness Tour

Mark 1:10-13 As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the sky torn open. The Spirit came down on him like a dove. A voice came from heaven and said, “You are my Son, the one I love. I am very pleased with you.” Then the Spirit sent Jesus into the desert alone. He was there for 40 days, being tempted by Satan. During this time he was out among the wild animals. Then angels came and helped him.

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Don’t you just hate it when you’ve had some great mountain top victory or success in your life and then, without warning, bang! –something bad happens and you find yourself, in an instant, wandering, lost, down in the valley? It happens that way so often, doesn’t it?

People pay a lot of money for eco wilderness tours these days, and yet as Christians, God takes us on wilderness tours free of charge on a regular basis.

Why does He do that? I mean, can’t our lives just go along on a nice, even keel for ever and ever, amen?

Funny thing, but when Jesus was baptised, as He came out of the water, the Spirit descended upon Him like a dove and a voice spoke from heaven, saying “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. Did that happen at your baptism? Nope, me either.

And yet the very next thing that God did with His precious Son was … well, let’s take a look:

Mark 1:10-13 As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the sky torn open. The Spirit came down on him like a dove. A voice came from heaven and said, “You are my Son, the one I love. I am very pleased with you.” Then the Spirit sent Jesus into the desert alone. He was there for 40 days, being tempted by Satan. During this time he was out among the wild animals. Then angels came and helped him.

In original Greek language in which that was written, it says quite literally, that God threw His Son out into the wilderness to be tempted, to starve, to suffer.

So God didn’t even spare His own Son, and yet when He was finished, He came out of the wilderness “filled with the Holy Spirit”. It’s just how God does things. Get used to it.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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