Fortieth Friday of Great Lent
Jesus' Triumph Over Satan
|Jesus fasted for forty days and at the end of the fast he was tempted by the devil. On the 40th Friday of the Great Lent, the church commemorates the tempting of Jesus and his triumph over Satan.
In the Gospel we see that after his baptism, Jesus was let up into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (St. Matthew 4: 1). We who are baptized into the Lord should not be surprised if we are also tempted like him. We should not be defeated when temptations come, but triumph over Satan; like Jesus we are also aided by the Spirit.We also see that Jesus fasted to overcome temptation, giving us an example of our own power and limitations. There is also another important lesson for us from the Gospel reading for the 40th Friday. In St. Matthew 4: 6 we can see satan quoting the Holy Scripture. You can also see that the satan is mis-interpreting the Scripture. This should be a fair warning to us, who has received the true faith and the correct interpretation of the Scripture not to fall into trap of someone quoting the Scripture and challenging the true faith of Orthodoxy. After all even the Satan quotes from the Scripture.