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Divine Betrayal: A Tale of Love and Redemption

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After my baptism, I was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to fast and pray for forty days and nights.
I grew hungry and weak, and the tempter came to me.
He said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
I answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then, the devil took me to the holy city and had me stand on the highest point of the temple.
“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down.
For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
I said, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Lastly, the devil took me to a very high mountain and showed me all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Away from me, Satan!
For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Then, the devil left me, and angels came and attended me.
I spent forty days and forty nights fasting in the wildern ess.
The sun beat down mercilessly on my back; I had no food or water inside me to protect me against it.
By the end of that time I was famished and parched.
My stomach grumbled incessantly as a reminder that it had been far too long since I had last eaten.
My mouth was dry and my lips cracked; I could feel myself starting to dehydrate.
I was dizzy and weak from hunger, my body begging for sustenance that would not come.
“The Spirit led me here,” I reminded myself aloud, repeating it over and over as a mantra.
If I had been led into the wilderness with no food for so long, there must have been a reason for it.
Satan appeared before me then, as if drawn by my weakness like a vulture to a dying animal.
His eyes gleamed with excitement at the sight of me, his mouth twisted in an evil smile.
“If you are the Son of God,” he murmured, “tell these stones to become bread.”
I knew then that he had come to tempt me.
But my hunger was gnawing at me like a rabid animal; it was difficult to think about anything else.
“We are all sons of God,” I answered him firmly.
“But man does not live on bread alone—he also lives on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Satan glared at me in annoyance before disappearing once again.
The next time he appeared, he took me to Jerusalem and had me stand on top of the temple there.
“If you are the Son of God,” he dared me, “throw yourself down from here.
For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
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Once again I ignored him.
Once again Satan found another way to try and tempt me.
He led me to an exceedingly high mountain where he showed me all the kingdoms of the world in their splendor.
“If you bow down and worship me,” he promised, “all this will be yours.”
The boldness of this last temptation nearly threw me off guard.
But I refused to be swayed by Satan’s empty promises.
“Away from me,” I told him firmly.
“For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
“With what?” Satan demanded scornfully as he left me once again.
“You have nothing to give.”
But he was wrong—I did have something to give.
And it was not what Satan wanted from me.
The words were there, inside of me, waiting for the right moment to come out.
I would give my life for the people of this world, just as the prophets had before me, if that was what was required of me.
I would embrace my destiny with open arms, no matter what the cost might be.
The Spirit returned to me then, as if in answer to my thoughts, and the angels came and attended to my needs once more—giving food and water, and curing the wounds in my feet from all the long hours of walking in the wilderness, and comforting my body which was weary from its time in the desert.
After spending forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, I was hungry and thirsty, tired and dirty, but my mind was clear and focused on the task ahead of me.
I had been tested by Satan and had come through the other side unscathed.
My faith in God had been tested by hunger and solitude, and that as well held firm within me despite the hardships I had faced.
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But Satan would not give up easily, and he knew just how much rested upon my shoulders as well as how much rested in my heart—he knew what I loved most.
So Satan took me atop a high mountain, and from there he showed me all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor, and he said unto me: “All these things will I give thee if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”
And then my heart was sorely troubled, for it was true that I loved all the people of the earth, and how could I not love all the great cities and empires as well?
All the mighty works of man were dear to my heart, and it did not please my soul to see men go hungry, or to see them suffer, or to see the sick be left without care.
I wanted to help them, but my time in the desert had shown me that it would take more than just a few miracles to help them all, and that it would require more strength than any one man could have.
But there was another way, Satan whispered unto me—a quick fix, a shortcut to my mission, without all the pain and suffering which would come from the cross.
And my heart ached, because it seemed so fine a thing to do, and so easy a way to accomplish my goal—but God’s will be done, not my own.
And so I turned unto Satan and said:
“Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
And then all at once Satan withdrew from me, and angels came and blessed me again with their presence—though I could not see them myself—and they sang unto me in their chorus and rejoiced at my faithfulness and obedience.
Thus was this last temptation put to rest, and with it the hardest and most difficult trial of all—my love for the people of earth and my desire to help them in any way that I could.
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