Don’t Just Shoo Your Wilderness Season Away

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I had to read the first verse of Luke 4 thrice. It says, “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil.”

Jesus, who was full of the Holy Spirit, was led by the Spirit into the wilderness?

Wait, what? Led by the Spirit? Into the wilderness?

I have read this passage before but it was my first time to see that detail. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. But why? Isn’t the Spirit, according to Galatians 5:22-23, a source of all goodness, love and peace? How then can Jesus, who was so full of the Spirit, be led to an abandoned or untouched (and assumingly, creepy) place only to face temptations, trials and testings? And it was not just an overnight thing, He was there alone for…

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