Jesus resisted Satan's temptations time and again. The power that Jesus has shown to overcome should fill us with hope that we too can resist the Devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7). Now the wiley Devil offers something that, for many of us, would prove to tempting to turn away:
Next the devil took Him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed Him (in a moment of time) all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you (the glory of it and authority over them),” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me (the devil says, because they are mine to give to anyone I please).”
“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only Him.” (Matthew 4:8-10 and Luke 4:5-8).
Temptation #3 is Satan’s offer of what would appear to be a shortcut but really it is an offer of a replacement. In this life, there is good (God and His Kingdom) and there is evil (Satan and his temporary world kingdom). You can see this if you look around for more than a moment. Jesus had come to fulfill and establish God's Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. To do that, He would live a perfect and sinless life, die a substitionary and sacrificial death and rise again with final victory for God's Kingdom.
What Satan has offered Him would look like a shortcut to many of us. It wasn't! It was an offer to replace God's Plan with His evil plot. To trade the perfect relationship between God the Father and God the Son...very similar to the Garden of Eden where Adam traded that perfection for something less.
Jesus knew that God’s Plan included the Cross before the Kingdom…Satan always offers greener grass to pull us away from God’s Plan in our lives. Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:13. Jesus’ knew that whatever we worship we will serve. Jesus looked over the nations He came to save and chose to pursue God’s Kingdom rather than Satan’s. He would earn it by HIs own blood! I am eternally grateful.
You and I can be offered many shortcuts and I have found very few of them with any benefit. You and I can be offered replacements that seem the same on the outside but on the inside are totally different. Many times, these offers of shortcuts and replacements can fight for our heart's affections. They can challenge whom we will serve and whom we will worship.
Jesus told the devil to 'get out of here'. We can say the same thing in Jesus' Power and by Jesus' Name. Let's accept the challenge of enduring the struggles in front of us and staying on course for God's Plan for our lives. We will be glad we did. Let's serve God and worship Him only. No shortcuts. No replacements.