"Lord Jesus, By the Spirit Led"
Tune: "Nun freut euch"
(LW 387 "Dear Christians One and All Rejoice")
Lord Jesus by the Spirit led
From Jordan to Judean wild.
While fasting, praying, You were met
By Satan and his devil'ish guile.
A contest like no other one-
The Tempter versus God's own Son-
Our ancient foe assailed You!
"If you are Son of God indeed
Command these stones to become bread,
Your hungry body so to feed."
But Jesus turned to him and said,
"Man does not live by bread alone,
I will not so command the stone,
God's Word is all that's needed."
Then from the Temple's highest height
The Serpent tempted him anew,
"I dare You jump and take Your flight
The angels will protect You."
Once more Christ's answer was the best:
"You shall not put the Lord to test,
For thus it has been written."
The final challenge he would bring
"If You would only worship me...
O'er this world I will make You king."
But Jesus would not bend the knee!
"Be gone!" our Lord sent him away,
And pointed to the words which say
The Lord alone is worshipped.
Lord Jesus as we journey here
A pilgrimage to Calvary
Remind us of Your contest there
A vic'try for us, so that we
May see You raised up on the cross
And Satan meet his final loss
Your blood his kingdom con'quering!
© Thomas E. Chryst, 2005