Sunday, March 5
Matthew 4:1-11 • The Temptation of Jesus

Immediately following his baptism, Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted 40 days and 40 nights in preparation and was famished. The devil came and tempted Jesus to use his power: to turn stones into bread to satisfy his hunger, to leap from the pinnacle of the temple to test God’s saving grace, to worship the devil to gain all the realms of the world. Instead, Jesus banished the devil with faithfulness and Scripture: One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God; do not put the Lord your God to the test; worship the Lord your God, serve God alone.

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for 40 days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”