Why was Jesus tempted by Satan? What can we learn from it?
Here's the answer:
Jesus was tempted, so that He would be able to understand our temptations and help us through them. We can learn many things from Jesus’ temptations.
The main time we are told about Satan tempting Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days. We can read about those temptations in Luke chapter 4. During those 40 days, Jesus was tempted in three common ways that we are tempted today. These three common sins are the desires of our sinful nature, our pride, and the desire of our eyes. Despite being tempted, Jesus never sinned. Instead He quoted the Bible.
Satan wanted Jesus to sin, but it didn’t happen because Jesus is more powerful than Satan. Satan is no match for Jesus!
Why did Satan tempt Jesus? Jesus was tempted in order for us to know that He experienced the same struggles we have today and overcame them. Jesus’ temptation can remind us of His mighty strength!
We can learn a lot from Jesus’ temptations. Since Jesus overcame temptations, we can too with His help. Since Jesus was tempted, He understands how hard temptations can be (Hebrews 4:15-16). When we are tempted, we can ask for God’s help to overcome the temptation. God is always ready to help!
"Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan River. The Spirit led him into the desert. There the devil tempted him for 40 days. Jesus ate nothing during that time. At the end of the 40 days, he was hungry" (Luke 4:1-2).
"So he had to be made like people, fully human in every way. Then he could serve God as a kind and faithful high priest. And then he could pay for the sins of the people by dying for them" (Hebrews 2:17).
"You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out. Then you will be able to deal with it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).