Not This Way

After Jesus Christ had fasted forty days, Satan came to tempt Him. Being half-mortal, He was suspectible to mortal weaknesses, such as hunger and thirst. He was also susceptible to temptation, or rather, He was able to be tempted. And so, the devil came to tempt Him.

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Matthew 4:5-7)

If you really are the Son of God, Satan said, then throw yourself off of this spire. God said He would send angels to protect you. Surely, if you are the Son of God, He would not let you die. Jump off and see.

Quoting scripture, Jesus did not yield to the temptation. But how easy would it have been if He had done so. Something so spectacular as a man jumping off the temple and then being saved by angels would not go unnoticed. How many people, seeing this, do you think would believe in Him? Personally, I think a lot of people. No doubt Jesus was aware of this. He knew what His mission was, and He knew it would be easier said than done. Such a drastic move, however, would definitely be the easy way.

But it wouldn’t be the right way. Not this way.

We’re always faced with decisions that have at least a couple options. Often, one is the easy way and one is the right way. The easy way is tempting because… well… it’s easy! But it never equals the same results as the right way. Experience, growth, and strength do not come with the easy way, and those things are necessary. If we expect to get anything out of this life, we cannot constantly be walking the easy path.

The right way is usually never easy, but it’s always worth it.

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