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This is one of a number of monologues that I have written for use in worship or some other reflective purpose. This one deals with the events of the temptation of Jesus in the desert from the point of view of the devil. Should you like this and like to have more of my material, please contact me through my website and I will be happy to send you the complete current collection free of charge.

Frustrated Temptation
Matthew 4: 1-11; Mark 1: 12-13; Luke 4: 1-13

I thought I had him. Three times I thought I had him.
He was all on his own. He had been for quite a while. But I bided my time. I didn’t want to act too soon. I wanted to wait for just the right moment. And I thought my timing was just right. I thought I had him. I really thought I had him.

Keep it simple stupid, I said to myself let’s keep it simple. Let’s find a weak spot and exploit it. If I can just get a toehold I can open him up like a can of beans I thought. So that’s what I did. I started with his most obvious need. I mean, he’d been out in the wilderness for getting on for 6 weeks by now and  it was obvious what he was going to want, going to need: a good square meal –or even anything to eat. After that length of fasting even simple bread would seem like a banquet to him.

So that’s where I started. I knew the power he’d got. I knew the things he could do. I knew how he could change the ordinary and the mundane.  And he knew it too. And yet, it was all bottled up inside of him.  He was struggling with it – I could tell.  He was trying to make sense of what had happened when he came out of that water. He wasn’t sure what he was really meant to do.  The power was inside him and he didn’t know in what direction to release it.

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