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The temptation of Jesus is recorded in detail in Matthew and Luke. The account of the temptation is very briefly mentioned in Mark. In Luke 4 there is some  important information.

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.”  Luke 4:1-2.

Jesus relied on the presence of God’s Holy Spirit to support Him through this tough time in the desert. He was away from the familiar support and He became hungry, weary and would have been tempted to doubt his calling. From hearing the encouraging words from the Father to now hearing the deceitful words from the devil must have been daunting and horrific. Jesus experienced what we do but he never sinned. 

We can take great comfort and support in relying on Jesus. “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:14-15.

Take comfort in the character of Jesus as you battle with the temptations from the evil one. Jesus constantly relied on the Holy Spirit for strength. But don’t beat yourself up when you sin as God knows our frail state.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.