What Did Jesus Do In The Desert For 40 Days

According to the Bible, after being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus went into the wilderness (desert) to fast and pray for forty days and nights. During this time, he was tempted by the devil in three different ways, as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke:

  1. The temptation of turning stones into bread: The devil tempted Jesus to use His divine power to turn stones into bread since he was hungry, but Jesus refused, saying that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
  2. The temptation of jumping off the temple: The devil tempted Jesus to jump from the pinnacle of the temple, with the promise that God would send his angels to save him from harm. Jesus refused, saying that it was wrong to test God.
  3. The temptation of worshiping Satan: The devil offered Jesus power and glory, saying that all would be His if He worshipped him, but Jesus refused, saying, "Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”

This forty-day period is considered by many Christians as a time of spiritual preparation for Jesus' public ministry which began shortly after this.

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Jamie Larson