At first sight, this seems rather strange. Why should the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, start with a direct encounter with Satan? It is even more strange that the Holy Spirit is in the lead, escorting Jesus to His appointment with the Prince of Darkness. Mark puts it even more starkly, "At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness" (Mark 1:12). The word 'sent out' is also used in the gospels when Jesus 'cast out' demons! So, we know that this encounter with evil was the divinely deliberate, Spirit authorised, essential start to Christ's ministry.