A-Z: Famous stories from the Bible: Jesus, his temptation


The Temptation of ChristMark's gospel records very briefly that after his baptism, Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness being tempted by Satan. He is shown overcoming the temptations and then begins his ministry. Matthew and Luke build on Mark and in vivid fashion record three specific challenges by the devil that Jesus uses his miraculous powers: 'if you are the Son of God, then '' The supreme challenge was for Jesus to worship Satan in return for which, he is promised control of all the kingdoms of the world. In response to this and the other tests Jesus quotes scripture to repel his adversary: 'You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone'. The point of the story is that: ' Jesus triumphed in resisting temptation, where human beings had previously failed ' he was thus equipped 'in the power of the Spirit' to overthrow the powers of evil.

Related Topics

Big ideas: Temptation; Sin

Bible References

Luke 4: 1-15
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