They used to be friends.

on March 15, 2012 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 4 comments by

At Cross Point Church, we are studying spiritual warfare. The Unseen Series is awesome [so far] – you should check it out.

Pete is teaching through Jesus’s time in the desert when He was tempted by the Devil and helping us to identify the ways that the enemy is trying to tempt us in our own lives. Good good stuff.

I’ve grown up a Christian and have read this story many times. But, just like the Bible seems to do, something different has been coming to mind this time as I read the story.

Before Satan became Satan, you know- back when he was an angel in Heaven, I bet he and Jesus used to be friends. I mean, they’ve known each other for a long.long.long. time.

So when he saunters up to Jesus in the desert, this isn’t some strange scary demon that Jesus is seeing. For us, it would be super freaky and scary. But for Jesus? It’s His old friend, turned evil and manipulative, but His old friend nonetheless.

And when Satan kept making offers to Jesus, to turn stones into bread, to be super powerful, or to be rescued if Jesus jumped off the temple, I have to wonder what was going through Jesus’s mind. Because He was human- temptations were real for Him. What must it have felt like for this guy, who at some point was on Jesus’s team, to be tempting Him and speaking to Him?

Obviously, we can only guess and discuss, but I would love to hear your thoughts. What must it have been like for Jesus? Do you think it was more painful because of who Satan used to be? Do you think it was easier to say no than if it had been a stranger? Do you think any part of Jesus was hurt or sad to see it come to this?

What do you think?

4 comments

  1. posted on Mar 15, 2012 at 6:28 AM  |  reply

    You’ve opened my eyes to a new view. I hadn’t thought of it in those terms before. I certainly have no clue as to how Jesus felt, but since He was fully man and fully God,then I would think He would have felt a sense of sadness. And you know how your heart skips a beat when you see someone you haven’t seen in a while and things aren’t right? Maybe like that.

  2. merideth
    posted on Mar 15, 2012 at 8:55 AM  |  reply

    I never thought of it this way, either. Somehow it never connected in my head that they knew each other before. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jesus felt the way a lot of us feel when we see someone we know go in a wrong/bad direction. Sad, hurt, concerned, wanting to do something to help,etc. One thing I’m now wondering is what was Jesus’ take on the devil before he turned evil. I mean, he’s Jesus, which means he’s fully man and fully God. So, did he already suspect that this guy was no good even back in the day when they were in heaven? Kinda like when we get a gut feeling when we meet someone that they are not someone we should be hanging around because they are a bad influence. Just curious about that one.

  3. lil_lyndie
    posted on Mar 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM  |  reply

    This is an incredibly powerful scene and it seems to speak to the faux confidence that sin can have over us–so much to the point that Satan thought and had a chance to tempt THE Christ. THE Messiah. THE flesh and blood of the Infinite God. And what a great victory it was as well. It speaks I think to the inherent strength God puts in each of our bodies to be able to OVERCOME. Anything. These weren’t just “white lie” temptations. They were bold-faced needs that spoke to Christ’s purpose. Food for existence, the world for salvation, His own glory was being challenged…and by a friend. It’s not like they kicked back and had coffee back in the day–Satan was an angel, a messenger of power, one who praised the LORD. That’s the power that God promises us (Ephesians 1:15-23). That’s the power that raised Christ from the dead. That’s the power of love.

  4. Erin
    posted on Mar 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM  |  reply

    I absolutely have never thought about this. AMAZING!

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