Temptation of Jesus
According to the Bible Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit
into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. The Spirit
of God chose to make the very first mission of the Messiah
a contest between the king of this world and the real King.
The devil could only use the things of this world, the
things that all men are enslaved by, the enticing pleasures
of sin, to offer Jesus. He was no match for Jesus because
sin had no power over Him.
The Spirit of God chose the barren wilderness as the place
where this battle would take place. A place of solitude, a
place of contemplation, a place of no worldly comforts and
where loneliness and hunger abounds. The cold nights and
the heat of the day, with no friends except scorpions and
snakes, and the wild beasts, this was the chosen place for
the "temptations" of Jesus. Jesus was brought to the
ultimate testing of his character, the ultimate testing of
his identity, and the ultimate testing of his faithfulness
to His Father.
The "devil" is an interesting title, it means "slanderer".
The word explains very clearly how Satan operates. He
slanders and distorts man`s understanding of God. Man
CANNOT know God unless God reveals Himself by the Holy
Spirit. Many times man`s mind can believe certain things
about God and form a belief based on our five senses and
the world around us. This is where the devil enters in and
slanders. The Bible is the revelation of God and without
the Word of God man is in darkness. When God makes a
promise it is like a sworn oath, the Bible says it is
impossible for God to lie. The hard part is for man to have
faith in God`s promises, faith can only come by "hearing
the Word of God". The devil uses the 5 senses and the world
around us to keep us distracted from hearing the Word of
God. This is because, as we will see, the Word of God
renders the devil powerless, it is man`s only weapon
against his "lies" about God, and just as God spoke His
Word and all things were created, so God speaks His Word
and the devil must surrender.
Jesus went into the wilderness and "ate nothing" for 40
days and then the "tempter came to Him" with the main 3
temptations. Luke tells us that Jesus was being tempted
throughout the 40 days.
Jesus became hungry and He desired bread and there was
none. The temptation was to perform a miracle since He was
the Son of God and provide bread for Himself, rather than
trusting God and waiting for what God would bring Him. The
Word of God clearly teaches us that God will provide all of
our needs, and we are to trust Him and not worry or fear.
Jesus knew this and answered the devil by quoting the Word
The second temptation was for Jesus to jump off the
Pinnacle of the Temple in Jerusalem, which was a very high
portion of the Temple overlooking the Kidron Valley perhaps
a 700 foot drop. He was to voluntarily expose Himself to a
situation that would certainly destroy Him, unless God
delivered Him. Jump from the Pinnacle and watch God`s
angels catch you. Jesus resisted again by quoting the Word
The next temptation the devil tempts Jesus with the power
and the glory of world domination. Many powerful rulers
sought to conquer and rule the world, Nebuchadnezzar,
Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar. Jesus could have it all
right now, without dying for man`s sins, if he would
worship the devil. It is interesting that Jesus did not
dispute the fact that the devil was handed all the kingdoms
of the world. Who handed them to the devil? The answer is
man. God originally gave Adam and Eve dominion over the
works of His hands, when Eve was enticed to sin, Adam chose
to sin rather than be separated from the woman whom he
loved, in essence he handed dominion to the devil, because
of his love for the woman. Adam was a type of Christ who
would die for His bride as well. Jesus responded to the
devil again with the written Word of God.
The Bible says that after the temptations were over that
the devil left and the angels came and ministered to Him.
The angels are called "ministering spirits" in the Bible
and God sends them to help every man, they cannot be seen
unless God allows it.
After the devil had ended his assault the Bible says that
he departed for a season. The New King James translation
says the devil "departed from Him until an opportune time.
Satan`s attacks are strategically planned, he looks for a
moment of weakness and begins his assault. This time he met
the Son of God who commanded him, "Get thee behind me
Satan" and the devil had no choice but to submit to His