Jesus is tempted by Satan in the wilderness
At the end of the baptism, Jesus and John had heard God the Father say,
“this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” .
What does it mean to be tempted?
When someone is tempted, it means that the devil wants him or her to do bad things.
Bad things are called sins. Sins make God angry and unhappy.
People who sin will be punished unless they repent or turn away from doing these sins.
Most times, the devil sends people to ask us to do these bad things.
Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness. He wanted the Lord to sin against His Father God.
However, Jesus did not give in to Satan, but overcame the temptation.
Let us see what happened.
Jesus is tempted by Satan bible verses
After He was baptized in the Jordan River, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
God had given Satan permission to tempt Christ.
Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights. This was a really long time and He was really, really hungry.
Jesus is tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread
In the first temptation, Satan tried to get Jesus to turn stones into bread.
He appeared when Jesus felt very weak, and said to Him,
‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.’
But Jesus answered,
‘It is written, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Satan wanted Jesus to eat before the end of His fasting period. This would have displeased God.
Maybe too, the devil wanted to see if Jesus could work some tricks to turn the stone into bread.
However, Jesus overcame by telling the devil that the Word of God is the MOST important food that anyone can live by.
The lesson is that we must not give into temptations to satisfy our desires.
We must seek instead to please God by obeying His Word.
For example, the devil might tempt someone to steal in order to get food or something they want.
If they give in to the temptation, this will displease God because He said that we must not steal.
Jesus is tempted by Satan to throw Himself from the top of the temple
Then the devil took Jesus to Jerusalem the holy city. He asked Jesus to stand on the highest point of the temple.
‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down.
For it is written, “He will command His angels concerning you”
and “with their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”’
Jesus said to him,
‘Once again it is written: “You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.”’
Satan quoted Psalm 91: 11 in order to get Jesus to sin. That scripture says:
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
However, the Psalm never said that we could do something stupid to see if Angels of God will catch us.
Sometimes Satan uses the scripture in order to get people to sin. We have to know the Word Of God because satan is cunning and will quote it with the wrong meaning.
Again, Jesus overcame Him with the Word of God.
Jesus is tempted by Satan to worship the devil himself
In the final temptation, the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain. He showed the Lord all of the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur.
Satan said to Jesus,
‘I will give you all these things if you throw yourself to the ground and worship me.’
Jesus said to him,
‘Go away, Satan! For it is written: “You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.”’
The devil ended the temptation and left Him.
Angels came and began ministering to Jesus’ needs.
In this temptation, Satan wanted Jesus to worship him. In exchange, he promised to give wealth, power, fame, and success to Christ.
Satan did not create anything and does not have the authority to give it away. Everything in the earth belongs to God and to the people that God placed it in.
When people make satan their god, he makes them his slaves. He treats them very badly.
Most importantly, God created us and wants us to worship Him. He hates it when humans worship devils.
People who worship other gods are punished in hell when they die. That is, if they do not repent and turn away.
Every boy and girl must worship the True and Living God and not another god.
How can we overcome temptation?
Here are keys to overcoming temptation:
- Read God’s Word in order to know the difference between right and wrong.
- Resist the devil when he tempts us by using the Word of God as a defense, like Jesus did.
- Seek always to please God and not to please friends, even when you are alone.
- Make up your mind to obey the Word of God at all times, even when it is not popular.
- Talk to a parent or someone who loves God about the temptation and ask them to pray for you.
Jesus is tempted by Satan bible verses
(Mark 1:12, 13; Luke 4:1–13 )
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”
But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”
Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.