For centuries, theologians have tried to describe how Jesus can simultaneously be fully God and fully human. As we begin our Lenten journey, this story about the temptation of Jesus reminds me of what someone once said: “I am a Christian because I believe that as a human being, Jesus knows firsthand what I’m experiencing. So when I pray to him, I know he knows what I’m talking about.” Temptation is a daily part of our human lives. We can look at ourselves honestly during this holy season and trust that the forgiveness and comfort offered to us by Jesus takes seriously all of human experience. Even though we may not know exactly how to talk about it, we trust that Immanuel, God-with-us, is indeed the one who suffered, died and was raised for us—and who knows our human experience intimately.
Jesus, as you guide us, we commend our Lenten journey to you. Amen.