Cast Not Thyself Down

A Rare glimpse of an intimate and sacred experience in the life of Jesus is given in the Scriptural account of his temptation in the wilderness. He himself must have told this to the disciples in moments of sweet confidence, perhaps better to impress them with the necessity for steadfast allegiance to God in times of trial.

After he had been baptized by John and had received the Father's assurance, "This is my beloved Son," the longexpected Messiah, Jesus went into the wilderness, a quiet place, that he might meditate and seek divine guidance in the all-important work which was before him. In recounting this experience of the Master, Matthew writes of one temptation: "Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee." It is interesting to note Satan's suggestion that Jesus cast himself down. Evil has no power to affect us without our consent.

May 25, 1935

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