Matthew – the Gospel of Fulfillment – Chapter 4 Temptation
It’s difficult to deny the existence of the devil from an account involving Jesus Himself. And the forty day period - Israel had failed during a 40 day period and the result was they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before being permitted to enter the Promised Land. Jesus underwent a similar period of testing, but He remained obedient and faithful. He became the perfect Mediator able to represent a holy, perfect God and able to fully understand the temptations and difficulties we as mankind face.
The writer of Hebrews expressed the confidence and hope we can have this way:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
The Bad News is we can’t. The Good News is Jesus can.