Knew bursitis as a word; that people suffered attacks of; it enfeebled them in its pain; that Judy’s Aunt Von had suffered attacks of. Then, Friday, November 15, I learned bursitis as an experience. When it suddenly shot searing pain from my right shoulder into the upper arm, crippling any movement. My own push-ups were likely to blame.
Every experience lends itself to a spiritual truth. This one teaches the value of personal experience.
Jesus allowed himself to be tempted in every way any mortal can be. Matthew summarized the whole 40 day ordeal in the three temptations of 4:1-11. (The writer discusses this event in detail in his book Face to Face with Jesus.)
C.S. Lewis once said that soldiers discovered the strength of the German army by fighting it, not surrendering to it. And Jesus found the full potency of satanic temptation by resisting it, not surrendering to it. Only when we resist it till it surrenders will we understand temptation’s power AND the Grandeur of Christ’s TRIUMPH over Satan.
Indeed, he allowed Satan’s full, pitiless offense access to him without retaliating. To give him the right to attack satanic strongholds in humanity during his 3 ½ year ministry, Jesus limited himself to mere defense against those temptations in the 40 day wilderness campaign. By withstanding them, he earned the privilege of assaulting Satan’s every appearance in humanity that sent the Deceiver retreating in howling despair. Amen, Jesus!