1Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.
3Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.”
5Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6“I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. 7I will give it all to you if you will worship me.”
8Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say,
‘You must worship the lord your God
9Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! 10For the Scriptures say,
‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you.
11And they will hold you up with their hands
13When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.
Respond: At the end of a grueling 40 day fast, Jesus must face the devil and endure a succession of temptations. The devil is challenging the truth of Jesus’ identity by saying, “If you are the Son of God, then _________ (prove it). How does Jesus battle the devil? Do you think we could use the same approach when our own identity is challenged?