Jesus’ temptation is quite the scene (Matthew 4:1-11). The up-and-coming Messiah had no sooner finished drying-off from baptism than God’s Spirit led him into the wilderness. The text indicates that Jesus ate nothing for forty days, a feat that would leave most ordinary humans at the point of death. When Jesus was at his weakest, Satan appeared and began a trilogy of tests. The first ordeal came when Satan encouraged a hungry Jesus to turn rocks into bread. Jesus reminded his misanthropic host that “One does not live by bread alone” (Matthew 4:4a). With the trial of appetite over, Satan then tempted Jesus with worldlyRead More →