Jesus is With You
October 19, 2021
Mark 1:12-13 New Living Translation
12 The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, 13 where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.
Mark’s gospel starts out differently than the other three. He doesn’t give a genealogy or a Christmas story or even a connection to the beginning. He simply states that “This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.” Then he jumps into the ministry of John the Baptist, the baptism of Jesus, and here we have the temptation. He doesn’t give us a play by play of what the devil said and how Jesus responded. He simply said that Jesus was tempted, and that there were wild animals, and that the angels took care of Him.
Mark understood his audience. The Christians he was writing to were going through terrible persecutions and probably lived in Rome. A common punishment for being a Christian in Rome at this time was to be fed to the wild animals during the halftime show of the Roman games. Now with that knowledge go back and read that scripture again. The good news about Jesus is that He had rough days out in the wilderness with Satan and wild animals, yet angels took care of Him. It doesn’t matter what your day looks like, where you are led, or what you will encounter. Jesus understands. He knows what it’s like to be hungry. He knows what it’s like to be tempted by Satan. He knows what it’s like to be in a dangerous place. Psalm 91:11 says that, “he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways”, and Hebrews 13:5 reminds us that He will never leave us or forsake us. You can trust God today to be with you and to send His angels to take care of you. Expect God’s intervention in your life today.
Lord, some days feel so overwhelming and they try to make me feel like my life is just a wilderness. Thank You for being with me in the wilderness, in the face of danger, and when the enemy shows up. Thank You for Your presence and Your power. Thank You for being with me today and leading me into victory. In Jesus’ Name…
Deidra B. Johnson, PhD