The devil was a brutish amateur when facing Jesus. It seems unimaginable that satan would seriously entertain the notion that Christ Jesus would kneel before him, especially after satan’s previous failures. When we sum up all three of the devil’s temptations they seem feeble and desperate.
After reading this verse again I’m tempted to ask, “Is that all the devil had to throw at Jesus?” He offered a fallen, sin ravaged world to the one who watched with Adam as the sun first rose over Eden. It was so awkward, predictable, empty. This face-off with Jesus must have been the most horrifying experience yet in satan's forced descent from Zion's holy hill to hell’s dark dungeon. Hope, for him, was all gone…
Even his demons when facing Jesus said, “What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” Mt 8:29 Jesus, satan, and all spirit beings know how this will all end. The only blind ones are people who roam the earth deluding themselves that there is no accountability for their deeds, no ultimate justice to try their imperfections, no need for full atonement and forgiveness in Christ. Even the devil knows better.
I gain great comfort from these verses. Just to know Jesus. Just to point to Him and tell others, “I’m following Him!” By His choice we are eternally and inseparably linked. His destiny is my destiny. I’m glad I have no part with His opponents. I am so thankful I am kept by grace in his everlasting love.