Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
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.”
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.’”
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.”
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.
During the period of Lent we are likely to face temptation in some way. If we have given something up, then the temptation is there to have that chocolate bar or that beer; and if we have decided to do something extra such as helping someone or reading a chapter of the Bible every day, then the temptation is always there not to bother and do something else instead.
The journey towards knowing God better – which is why we would do any of these things at Lent – will always involve at least a small degree of sacrifice and the devil will always put temptation in our way to try and distract us from that path and so prevent us from getting closer to God. The devil can be devious in the way he tempts us but if we are true to God we will not be tempted beyond what we can resist as He will reduce the power of that temptation over us.
Here is a short video about the Temptation of Christ that we showed in the service and the school assembly…