Let's Talk About Fast Preparations

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Fast Preparations

Luke 4:1-13

Jesus returned from the Jordan River full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. There he was tempted for forty days by the devil. He ate nothing during those days and afterward Jesus was starving. The devil said to him, “Since you are God’s Son, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.”

Jesus replied, “It’s written, People won’t live only by bread.”

Next the devil led him to a high place and showed him in a single instant all the kingdoms of the world. The devil said, “I will give you this whole domain and the glory of all these kingdoms. It’s been entrusted to me and I can give it to anyone I want. Therefore, if you will worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”

The devil brought him into Jerusalem and stood him at the highest point of the temple. He said to him, “Since you are God’s Son, throw yourself down from here; 10 for it’s written: He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you 11 and they will take you up in their hands so that you won’t hit your foot on a stone.

12 Jesus answered, “It’s been said, Don’t test the Lord your God.” 13 After finishing every temptation, the devil departed from him until the next opportunity.

 

Key Verse:

Jesus returned from the Jordan River full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. There he was tempted for forty days by the devil. He ate nothing during those days and afterward Jesus was starving. —Luke 4:1-2

 

Commentary:

Immediately following Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist, we read this passage about Jesus’ time of solidarity in the wilderness. Marathon runners spend many months of regimented exercise to get in physical shape for a big race. Jesus’ time of ministry was a test of endurance. This intense time of fasting in the wilderness was training for Jesus to resist temptations of all kinds.

 

Questions to think about:

How does spiritual fasting help someone focus on God?

If Jesus is divine, why would he need training to resist temptation?

What were the benefits of Jesus’ time in the wilderness?

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