His greatest temptation was not the temptation to turn stones into lovely heavenly baked bread or to jump from a very tall temple.
His greatest temptation was not to fall down prostrate worshiping Satan or to turn His back on the world he came to die for in Gethsemane and take the next bus to heaven.
His greatest temptation was not from without; from the pharisees, Sadducee, His families and friends.
No No No . . .
Since all of the above were only suggestion of sinful things from Satan and those around Him and these things were not appealing to Him.
HIS GREATEST TEMPTATION was to pull away from the control of the Holy Spirit and His Father and from the possession of heavenly agencies to depend upon His own strength and power to do all things.
He said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19 (KJV)
In some other places He said:
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” John 5:30 (KJV)
“I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” John 8:28 (KJV)
Even the people testify among themselves and say:
“If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.” John 9:33 (KJV)
No wonder the following was written 114 years ago:
“Those who realize their weakness trust in a power higher than self. And while they look to God, Satan has no power over them. But those who trust in self are easily defeated.”– RH 16-12-1902
Christ temptation was the temptation to depend on His own innate and self possessed power to do righteousness, miracle, and other good deeds and not to depend on His Father.
If Christ has depended on His own divine strength for any act or deed without the help of heavenly agencies then He could not have been a Good example for us. It would have been infinitely impossible for us to live a sanctified and perfect life. His humanity was merged with His Father’s strength. though Christ was still God in the Highest fullnest but His divinity was clothed with the garb of humanity. He never did anything which was impossible for us to accomplish. In His might and strength, if we fully surrendered to Him, we shall live a victorious Christian life daily.
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:21-24 (KJV)
“Satan is well aware that the weakest soul who abides in Christ is more than a match for the hosts of darkness, and that, should he reveal himself openly, he would be met and resisted. Therefore he seeks to draw away the soldiers of the cross from their strong fortification, while he lies in ambush with his forces, ready to destroy all who venture upon his ground. Only in humble reliance upon God, and obedience to all His commandments, can we be secure.”– Great Controversy, 530.1.
Christ is telling you and I today:
“For without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 (KJV)
And say this to yourself in regard to your temptations with and without:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Phil 4:13 (KJV)
All things include overcome the temptation and sin of the heart and lifestyle. All things include anything your mind seeks to achieve because you are doing it in the strength of Christ.
Do not let go your hands from the Father, Son and Holy Spirit because these “heavenly trio . . . will co-operate with the obedient subjects of heaven in their efforts to live the new life in Christ.”– Evangelism, 615.1.