On the Savior's third temptation.
SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES,1. and even on points that are thought to be simple you will find no small mysteries. We can search the beginning of the Gospel reading that we heard today and let what was hidden come forth into open view. The passage says that the devil "led" Jesus "into Jerusalem."2. This is unbelievable--that the devil should lead the Son of God and he should follow. Obviously, he followed like an athlete who freely sets out for a competition. He was not afraid of his competitor, nor did he dread the deceits of his extremely cunning enemy. He was basically saying, "Lead on where you will. Test me as it pleases you. I give myself willingly to be tried. I endure what you bring against me. I offer myself for any of your temptations. You will find that I am stronger in every way."
2. "So the devil led him into Jerusalem, placed him upon the parapet of the temple, and said to him, 'If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here.'"3. He led him onto the roof, to the highest point of the temple, and urged him to throw himself headlong from there. The devil proposed this dishonestly and, under the pretext of having Christ display his glory, strove for a different end. So the Savior stated, "Scripture says, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"4. Consider, too, how the devil tempts. He does not dare to tempt with any means other than the Divine Books. He takes his text from the Psalms____________________