by chariots and soldiers and weapons of war. And so, baffled, the tempter retired for a season and left the Son of God triumphant on the field.
Triumphant, yes; but also exhausted with the long conflict, so that He who was God yet needed the ministry of Angels to succour Him.
For it was as Man that He had overcome the Devil, that He might learn to be a faithful High Priest to those who would be in similar need of rescue on the battlefields of life. It is not only the Christian who is to be 'strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might', but also the Christ. Twice again, on the Mount of Transfiguration and in the Garden of Gethsemane, would He need and receive the supernatural strengthening which only God can give, and without which no one can overcome. We must continually remind ourselves that, although Our Lord was God, He was God emptied of His Divine advantages; He was God living as a Man. Yet, though He was a Man, He was a Man Who believed that He was God manifest in the flesh with all the disadvantages of the flesh, a Man who like ourselves had to live by faith in the Word of God, in which He found His past, present and future graphically depicted; a Man open to pain, sorrow, weakness and even death. He died with Psalm 22 upon His lips, and arose upon the strength of the second Psalm.
There lay in His well-stocked heart the perfect programme of His Father's plan, sent down from Heaven through the Prophets, though now dusty with the disuse and misunderstanding of the centuries. The Son of God looked forward to the Salvation not only of a nation, but of a world; to a happiness not of a lifetime but for Ages of Ages. That handful of obscure Galileans! Nay, they were going to join His Family, and be responsible with Him for the safety of the whole Creation. Galileans indeed! They were the beginning of a new Race of Sons of God, whom