For the first Sunday in Lent our reading was about Jesus being tempted in the Wilderness. He was tempted with the promise of food when he was hungry, with the offer of great wealth and power, and finally asked to put God to the test. If the devil had succeeded then Jesus could not have died in our place, sinless for our sins and the Christian Faith would have come crashing down like a building built on weak foundations. Instead Jesus remained strong and the devil failed in his plan.
During Lent we reflect on the cross and the strong foundation it is to our faith – an unshakable cornerstone. This week there’scouple of videos to watch too.
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
4 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.