The Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness. . .
More than anything, for the disciples, for us, the journey is a journey to the foot of the cross and through it. The cross is where our spirits are refined. It is where our longings and our loves are purified and returned to first things. All that we love more than we love God is captured, it is captivated, it is reordered, it is immersed in dying to self and brought again into new life. “If any want to be my followers,” Jesus says, “let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”