When our family moved to Northern Virginia, we told our friends, who wanted to know how we liked the area, that we’d been “Fairfaxed.” By that we meant
I was warned by a friend, who like myself doesn’t drink soda with caffeine, to drink Coke while oversees, because apparently it would keep me from getting sick. Not heeding his or my wife’s counsel, as soon as I got to the Sea of Galilee in Israel, several days into a New Testament Tour trip, I threw up twice…
Paul is already sensing that this is going to be his last visit and he wants to encourage the church stay rooted in the gospel and to keep the urgency of the mission to making disciples as their focus. This should be the question on our minds as we read this story as well. How do we help our church grow and what’s essential to fulfilling the mission?
The devil presents Jesus with the glories of the kingdoms of the world, because he had claimed the earth as his kingdom, since getting Adam and Eve to fall into sin. He now knows that Jesus has been anointed by the Holy Spirit to be Messiah, the King who has come to reclaim the earth as the new Adam and establish His Kingdom.
In order for you to truly feel the weight of what Jesus just said, remember who He is speaking to and the context of the His message. Jesus is establishing His Kingdom and the ultimate enemy of His listeners are the Romans. They want a violent military overthrow. Jesus says here is how we’re going to conquer Rome… love them. What?!
Jesus says, “Contrary to popular belief, I have not come to do away with the law.” He is not here, merely talking about the 10 commandments, but the Law, meaning the first five books of the Old Testament written by Moses. The Prophets, were the rest of the Old Testament books. Jesus, says rather, I’ve come to fulfill it.