The Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11, Mk 1:12-13, Lk 4:1-13)
What is Temptation?
To tempt is to entice, convince, or persuade someone to do something against God.
Temptation is the process of negative persuasion to go against the will of God.
The devil is the chief tempter. He always wants us to offend God by going against His will.
After the baptism of Jesus Christ, He was led by the spirit of God into the wilderness where he was tempted by the devil.
Meanwhile, Jesus had fasted and prayed for forty days and nights, meditating on his future work as the messiah and saviour of mankind.
At the end of the forty days and nights of fasting and prayer, he was hungry and wanted food to eat.
The devil tempted him in three crucial areas;
1. Physical needs and desires.
2. Possessions and power.
Jesus overcame all.
The Three Ways The Devil tried to Tempt Jesus:
Firstly, the devil said, if really you are the son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread. This was to make him an economic messiah. Jesus answered him; “It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”.
In the second temptation, the devil took Jesus to the holy city of Jerusalem. He set Jesus at the highest point of the temple (Pinnacle) The devil tempted Jesus to jump down from the height.
“If you are the son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written He will give His angels charge of you, and on their hands, they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone”
Jesus replied with the scripture. ”you shall not tempt the Lord your God”.
Thirdly, the devil took Jesus to the highest mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory. The devil said. “All these I will give you if you will fall down and worship me” “Begone Satan! for it is written, “you shall worship the Lord your God and he only shall you serve”.