Generally, exegetes are united in their recognition that the temptation of Jesus by Satan was not a test of his moral character but of his messianic calling. This messianic interpretation asserts that in the temptation Satan attempted to divert Jesus from the work his Father had called him to do, offering him the kingdom of the world if he would bow down and worship him. Jesus’ final answer was, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’ ” (v. 10). Jesus’ refusal to bow to Satan signaled an important moment in the work of overcoming the power of Satan. Jesus’ rejection of Satan’s power and affirmation of his service to God alone reversed the trend initiated by Adam when he chose Satan over God in the garden. Just as Adam was seduced by the word of Satan and brought the whole human race under his influence, so Jesus broke the power of that seduction and set in motion the chain of earthly events that would ultimately and conclusively destroy the power of Satan. Thus Paul writing to the Romans was able to say, “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous” (Rom. 5:19).
 Webber, R. (1999). Ancient-future faith: Rethinking evangelicalism for a postmodern world (50). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
Published on Sunday, September 30, 2012 @ 4:14 AM CDT