Knowledge is power. Literally.
Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness, during which Satan himself tempted him. The final three temptations were overcome by the power of God’s word. (Luke 4)
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (The world is not souls.)
- The lust of the flesh – substance and possessions for indulging and acquiring acceptance of others. Jesus overcame this temptation by quoting Deuteronomy 8:3. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
- The lust of the eyes – power, control by serving anything before, more, or in the place of God. Jesus overcame this by quoting Deuteronomy 10:20. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
- The pride of life – ego (I, me, my, myself); identity with an illusion; compulsive thinking and the emotions and reactions that accompany it; unconsciousness, radical defense of that with which you identify and what is pretending to be you. Truth, universally, needs no defense. (Sound or light don’t care what you think. They are.) Jesus overcame ego. He fully realized the Spirit of God (Holy Ghost) was literally upon him and was confident that he was the Lord – the Truth. Jesus’ awareness and knowledge of God and of Being allowed him to overcome this final temptation by quoting Deuteronomy 6:16. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (He is.)
Immediately, he banished the devil (for a season), had full power of the Spirit, and began to teach in the synagogues. Reading from Isaiah, Jesus revealed his mission on earth:
- Preach the gospel – the kingdom of heaven
- Heal the brokenhearted
- Preach deliverance to the captives – held hostage by mental addictions
- Heal blindness – open eyes and awareness to God and all that He is
- Set at liberty them that are bruised – bondage by pain of past hurts
- Preach the acceptable year of the Lord
Although Jesus began with his own people from Nazareth, he was rejected to the point of attempted murder. Undaunted, he moved to Capernaum where the people were astonished with the power of his word. A devil recognized him as the Holy One of God, and Jesus cast him out, thusly spreading his fame abroad. At this point, Jesus was able to launch his record-breaking healing campaign, therefore creating a very captive audience to which he was able to preach the kingdom of God.