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The Modern Theologian

740_temptation_of_christ-imgcache-rev1296253064786Not everyone considers Jesus’ encounter with Lucifer to be a teaching moment, but this is the first lesson that Matthew and Luke present us with, and a very important lesson is being taught. In fact, everything else that Jesus teaches us is based upon what is presented here. Mark’s version is bereft of any details beyond the fasting period itself.

The Temptation of Christ
Matthew 4:1-11 Mark 1:12-13 Luke 4:1-13
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”

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