The Triumphant Christ and His People (continued)
b. His Triumph In Temptation
The temptation, we know, was in that setting, and the same factors were in that temptation. What were they? - mixture or murder. Does that need threshing out in the three temptations of the Lord Jesus after His baptism? It is quite clear that seduction was the enemy's object - to seduce Him on to his, the enemy's ground. "All these things will I give Thee, if Thou will fall down and worship me" (Matthew 4:9). You can have, if ..." Seduction by bribery; and by bribery, corruption. The enemy will even quote Scripture to seduce, urging the Lord to cast Himself down from a pinnacle of the temple on the ground of a certain promise in Scripture. "He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee ... on their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest haply Thou dash Thy foot against a stone." But the Lord's response exposed the snare - "Thou shalt not make trial of the Lord thy God." There are some ways in which God will not preserve us - the ways of presumption. Presumption is the way of the devil. David might well pray, "Keep back Thy servant ... from presuming upon God and His word to have done it at the suggestion of satan. You see the subtlety and depth of the seductive art to corrupt, to murder. God could not have kept Him in that way, and He would have died. How deeply laid was that plan! Yes, His temptation is set in a far bigger world than men have made of it. What a lot we have read about these temptations, purely of an earthly nature and meaning.
c. The Triumph Of His Death
As for the crucifixion - our earlier meditations have been enough to show that the crucifixion was something more than the death of a good man for his convictions. It has very far reaching meaning, far beyond this earth. The Apostles give us very clear indication of what took place out there when He stripped off principalities and powers and made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in His Cross (Col. 2:15). That is the setting.
d. The Triumph of His Resurrection and Exaltation
As for His resurrection and exaltation, well, listen to Paul again - "When He raised Him from the dead, and made Him to sit at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come" (Ephesians 1:20, 21). That is not earthly, that is not just here. We see the setting of Christ's raising and exaltation.
What we have thus far said is only the first of the things included in this great setting- the universal or cosmic relationship of everything where Christ was concerned.
(continued with # 56 - (The Dynamic Power of His Life)