Jesus Is Tempted

    “Jesus Is Tempted,” Friend, Dec. 2000, 28

    Jesus Is Tempted

    Chapter 11

    Jesus in the wilderness

    Jesus went into the wilderness to be with God. The Savior was there for forty days, talking with God. While He was there, He did not eat anything. JST, Matt. 4:12; JST, Luke 4:12

    The devil tempted Jesus

    After the forty days, the devil came and tempted Jesus to prove that He was the Son of God. First, he told Jesus to change some rocks into bread. Jesus was hungry, but He knew that He should only use His power to help other people. He did not do what the devil said. Matt. 4:2–4; Jesus the Christ, pages 128–129

    Jesus did not follow Satan

    When the Holy Ghost took Jesus to a high place on the temple, the devil tempted Jesus a second time, telling Him to jump off the temple. The devil said that if Jesus was the Son of God, angels would catch Him and He would not be hurt. Jesus did not jump. He knew that He was the Son of God and did not need to prove it and that it would be wrong to use sacred powers in this way. Matt. 4:5–7; JST, Matt. 4:56

    Jesus sent the devil away

    Then the Holy Ghost took Jesus to the top of a mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms and treasures of the world. The devil came and said that Jesus could have all the kingdoms and treasures if He would obey him. Saying that He would obey only Heavenly Father, Jesus told the devil to go away. The devil left, and angels came and blessed Jesus. He was then ready to begin His mortal ministry. Matt. 4:8–11; JST, Matt. 4:89

    Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett