As man Jesus was tempted. All the words with which He rebutted the attacks of Satan were quotations from the divine law for the government of human life. The exhaustive nature of the temptation is revealed in Luke's words, "When the devil had completed every temptation." Evil had nothing more to suggest. The thoroughness of the temptation was the completeness of the victory.
The perfect and victorious Man now found His way back to Nazareth, and there, reading from the prophecy of Isaiah, claimed Messiahship definitely.
The account of this induction is followed by a group of pictures revealing different aspects in the work of our Lord. He is seen teaching in the synagogue while the people listened in astonishment. The quietness is disturbed by the cries of a demon-possessed man, and the Lord is seen-as Master of the underworld of evil. Next He is revealed as Master of disease, this revelation following that of His authority over evil. He who is able to exorcise demons has no difficulty in dealing with the result of evil in any form.
Then an evening scene, when it was light indeed, and the Lord's unlimited resources were revealed. Finally, His need to be away from the pressing crowds, when He passed to the desert.
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25