Want. Take. Have.
—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Bad Girls” (1999)
. . . Miracle, mystery, and authority. Thou hast rejected all three and hast set the example for doing so.
—Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (1879)
In the Wilderness
After the Spirit descended upon Him, Jesus went immediately into the wilderness. He was there, fasting, for 40 days and 40 nights. All the while, Satan tempted Him to abandon His mission (Luke 4:2). He tempted Him to trade obedience to His Father for the glories of self-will and self-affirmation. As the days wore on and the trial drew to an end, Jesus’ health and strength began to fail. Satan then appeared to Him in visible form and made three last assaults on His ultimate trust in His Father.
Scripture insists that these temptations were real and that there was, in each of them, something that would appeal to Jesus’ human nature (Heb. 4:15). It’s important to understand that Jesus was truly human. Huge deal. In addition, He is also eternal deity. Huge deal, too. The truth is, the psychology of all this is tough for mortals to process. As the Son of God, Jesus was both omniscient and omnipotent.