Temptation of Christ
After having been baptised by John, Jesus spends forty days and nights in the desert. Matthew, Mark and Luke write that the Holy Spirit led him into the desert. After forty days of fasting, the Devil tries (in vain) to tempt him to give up his loyalty to God, his father.
Matthew and Luke name three temptations.
- Jesus is told to make bread out of stones to relieve his hunger
- Jesus is told to jump from the roof of the temple; angels will catch him anyway
- If Jesus adores the Devil just one time, all kingdoms of the world will be his.
Christ manages to resist every temptation by referring to what is written in the Bible:
- Man shall not live by bread alone (Deut. 8:3)
- Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God (Deut. 6:16)
- Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve (Deut. 6:13-14 and 10:20).
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