Our Pastor has been speaking on the temptation of Jesus. The story of the temptation is found in Luke chapter 4 verses 1-13. There are so many wonderful lessons to be learned from these verses, but I have been intrigued by the way Jesus handled his ultimate power.
When I think of ultimate power, Superman, Mighty Mouse, and other imaginary super heroes come to mind. However there is really only one who has super powers and that is God himself.
In the story of the temptation, the devil tempted Jesus to use his power randomly for his self-gratification. Jesus refused. The only use of power that Jesus displayed on earth was for one purpose. That purpose was to lead mankind from the kingdom of darkness to God’s eternal kingdom. Jesus was the only human who could handle that kind of power without abusing it.
So I asked myself, what would I do with ultimate power? Horror was my first response. I’m glad this is not an option. From a history teacher’s perspective, I have studied what humans do with limited power, and none have exercised their power solely for the benefit of others. Most have used power to control and abuse others. No one other than Jesus can be trusted with ultimate power.
I find great joy when I think of the restraint Jesus showed as he walked the earth. Jesus as God has ultimate power. He used it for our good when he was here, and he is still using it for our good.
On a personal note, I know I can trust Jesus to use his power for my good.