What made Jesus’ Wilderness Test so extreme? This only becomes clear when we understand the Biblical reality of the Wilderness. The Bible’s idea of the Wilderness, combines several ideas.
In the ‘Wilderness’ we will experience spiritual tension – often arising out of a physical situation, have our faithfulness tested and be exposed to Satanic temptation. As a result we might begin to doubt our commitment to God and our faith in the goodness or even existence of God.
During a ‘Wilderness’ season we will often realise just how fragile our faith really is. In Mark 1:12-13 we see Jesus in his Wilderness experience – the only difference being that he remained perfectly faithful.
This is encouraging for us as we remember/realise that if we are in Christ – because of his faithfulness – we have been declared perfectly faithful, are welcomed into a blessed relationship with God and fight in a spiritual war that has already been won.
The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.