Some things in the Bible would make you laugh if they weren’t so pathetic. Like the time our Lord went for a walk with the devil.
Jesus walked with many individuals: rich, poor, old and young, religious and irreligious. But I think we only once see Him walking with the devil. It wasn’t for the pleasure of the walk. The devil was about to try and make a deal with Jesus. He was going to offer his very best, his kingdom, if Jesus would just worship him, (Luke 4:5-8).
You would think the devil would be ashamed to make such an offer. Our Lord Jesus already had a kingdom. In fact, the devil knows a lot more than we do about that Kingdom. After all, he once had a throne and authority in it, (Isaiah 14:12-14). God’s Kingdom is so vast that throughout eternity, His redeemed people will never explore to the end of it – because there is no end, (Luke 1:33). There will never come a time when God will have to tell us that He has no more to show us! His kingdom is infinite.
At the top of the mountain, the devil showed Jesus his very best. His kingdom. The world. All laid out at their feet. How long did it take to see it? One moment! Yes, that’s right. Just one moment, (Luke 4:5). And to think that it is going to take God the entire ages of eternity to show us His immeasurable riches! (Ephesians 2:7).
It’s no wonder that Jesus said, “Get behind Me, satan…”
Is it also any wonder that Jesus, who knows all about the devils pittiful kingdom, also said, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and loose his own soul?” Mark 8:36.