Three Temptations of Christ

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The Three Temptations of Christ consisted of Satan confronting Jesus at His weakest moment (after He had been fasting for 40 days) and trying to break His faith and adherence to God. Jesus passed these temptations as a man, whereupon He embarked upon His ministry and miraculous deeds.

The First Temptation was for Jesus to act in a self-serving manner by turning stones into bread.[1] Jesus refused. Self-centered behavior is the root of much evil today.

The Second Temptation was for Jesus to put God to the test by descending from the highest point of the temple.[2] Jesus declined. Often those who have turned away from God demand a special sign.

The Third Temptation was for Jesus to accept power over the world in exchange for bowing down to Satan.[3] Jesus passed again, saying one should worship God alone. Many evil deeds are motivated by a desire for power over the world, or attention by it.


  1. Mt 4:3-4
  2. Mt 4:5-7
  3. Mt 4:8-10

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