Ash Wednesday - Temptation of Jesus
Updated: Mar 5
Temptation of Jesus
The Greek word means either:
Depending on the context.
“ When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
- James 1:13-15
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
#1 Temptation… Matthew 4:3
“The tempter came to him and said,
‘If you are the son of God… bread.’”
Satan suggests what Jesus ought to do for himself.
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
#2 Temptation… Matthew 4:5
Throw yourself off the Temple.
Satan suggests what the Father ought to do for Jesus.
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
#3 Temptation… Matthew 4:8
Bow down and worship me.
Satan suggests what he could provide for Jesus.
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Responding to Temptation
- Trust Jesus for strength
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
- 1 Corinthians 10:13
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
- Matthew 6:13
“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
- James 1:2-4
“A person is a slave to whatever has mastered them.”
-2 Peter 2:19