WHAT a wonderful and comforting thing it is that we have in the Gospels such a clear account of some of the temptations which Jesus resisted, so that we may thereby gain a clear insight into his method of dealing with error! It was immediately after Jesus had taken his stand as a prophet, and had been publicly baptized by John, that the Spirit drove him into the wilderness —a symbol of mental loneliness and of harassing doubts and fears, suggestions of the carnal mind typified by the wild beasts which inhabited its fastnesses. We read that for forty days Jesus fasted—abstained from admitting the claims of the material senses.
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