Reflecting on the Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent

From The Gospel of Matthew by Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri, commenting on Matthew 4:1-11:

The triumph of Jesus in the wilderness is much more than a personal victory. It is also a triumph for the people of God. In part, this is because Jesus overcomes temptation with his human will. He could have vanquished the tempter with his divine might, but this was not his chosen approach. Instead, Jesus faced his trial in a human way, in full solidarity with humanity. He never ceased to be the Son of God, and yet he won the battle as a man. . . . This has practical implications for Christian discipleship. One is that Jesus gives us an example to follow, in order that we may succeed as he did. . . . A second implication is that Jesus can empower us to remain faithful in times of testing.

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