The Temptation was a significant event in the life of Jesus, and could be considered his “initiation” into his ministry after he committed to do the work of his Father through the Baptism. Jesus did not go through this alone. He relied on God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, as well as the ministry of angels throughout this 40-day period.
Assuming Jesus depended on the city for his livelihood as a carpenter, city life offered little-to-no solitude for Jesus to endure the 40-days of prayer, fasting and trials under the Temptation. James Jeffers notes that in the Greco-Roman city, “Privacy was virtually impossible, and the sounds of the city often made a good night’s sleep difficult.” So, the Holy Spirit sent Jesus out into the wilderness.
Mark used the Greek word ekballo in phrasing how the Holy Spirit sent Jesus out. This word would have had to have been used very deliberately. Ekballo, according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, means “to eject (lit. or fig.):–bring forth, cast (forth, out), drive (out), expel, leave, pluck (pull, take, thrust) out, put forth (out), send away (forth, out).”
Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament defines Ekballo a little more extensively, and adds to the definition, “the notion of violence…be deprived of the power and influence he exercises in the world…to command or cause one to depart in haste…to cause a thing to move straight on its intended goal.”
Regarding the significance of the word in Mark’s narrative of the Temptation, one can glean a greater understanding of the manner in which the Holy Spirit sent Jesus out. In other words, the Holy Spirit did not necessary send Jesus to be tempted “violently,” but that it was at this time the Holy Spirit sent Jesus out to do his ministry. The temptation was Jesus’ inaugural assignment for his earthly ministry. His ministry overall was spiritually violent and it deprived him of his complete power over the world.
Gives new meaning to those who say, “Jesus was nonviolent.”
The Bible does not fully record the intention of the Temptation. However, gleaning from the text, one could say that a purpose was for Jesus to undergo a series of trials that would have tested Him before embarking on his ministry; i.e., that the ultimate sacrifice cannot be blemished, therefore, if Jesus cannot withstand these temptations, he would have to stop his ministry before it starts. However, if he withstood these particular tests, he can withstand any further temptations during the next three years that the enemy would sling. In addition, Jesus prepared for the next three years of his ministry through prayer, fasting and solitude.
As the Son of God and servant of Yahweh, Jesus acted in submission, in communication and in need of help from God the Father and from angels to endure this period of testing. It is in passages such as the Temptation that we can see the true father-son relationship between Jesus and his (our) ‘Abba.’
 Thayer, Joseph, Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. http://www.studylight.org/lex/grk/gwview.cgi?n=1544 (accessed Jan. 28, 2013).
 House,H. Wayne, Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament (Zondervan1981), 20-21.