That’s really the question: it is not whether Jesus is God’s Son, the question is what kind of God’s Son Jesus is going to be. Even the devil knows Jesus is God’s Son. But the devil also wants to know if Jesus is going to take the easy route or the hard route to being the Messiah, the Son of God.
Jesus’ identity is really at the core of the temptation story, as he goes into the wilderness to take an “exam,” if you will, like no other exam, to find out what kind of mission he is going to fulfill and what missions he will not.
As we move into the Lenten season, what kind of exam might we take? What mission is God wanting us to fulfill? Who are we as God’s people?
These are questions as old as Adam and Eve in the Garden or the people of Israel in the wilderness: who are we and to whom do we belong? It is easy to forget, but Lent is a time when we can return and remember. It is a time when we can count the costs and follow Jesus.
Pastor Andy Kinsey