Many people are curious about how many times Jesus was tempted in his life. The Bible tells us that Jesus was fully human, and as such, he was subject to temptation just like any other person.
In fact, the Bible says that Jesus was tempted in every way that we are, yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). So how many times did Jesus face temptation during his time on earth? Let’s take a closer look.
The Temptation of Jesus
The most well-known instance of Jesus being tempted is when he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:1-11). This passage tells us that Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights, and at the end of that time, Satan came to him and tried to tempt him three times.
The First Temptation
Satan first tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread, but Jesus responded by quoting Scripture: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
The Second Temptation
Next, Satan took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and told him to throw himself down because Scripture said that God would send angels to protect him. But again, Jesus responded with Scripture: “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test” (Matthew 4:7).
The Third Temptation
Finally, Satan took Jesus up on a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world. He offered them to Jesus if he would worship him.
But once again, Jesus responded with Scripture: “Get behind me Satan! For it is written ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve'” (Matthew 4:10).
Other Instances of Temptation
While the temptation in the wilderness is the most well-known, it was not the only time Jesus faced temptation. In fact, the Bible tells us that Satan tempted Jesus throughout his ministry.
The Temptation to Abandon His Mission
In Matthew 16:23, Jesus rebuked Peter for trying to dissuade him from going to Jerusalem, where he knew he would be arrested and crucified. Jesus recognized that this was Satan tempting him to abandon his mission.
The Temptation to Avoid the Cross
In John 12:27, Jesus said, “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father save me from this hour’?
No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.” Again, Satan was tempting Jesus to avoid the cross.
The Garden of Gethsemane
In the Garden of Gethsemane, just before his arrest and crucifixion, Jesus prayed fervently to God. He asked God if there was any other way for him to accomplish his mission without going through with his death on the cross (Mark 14:36). This was a moment of intense temptation for Jesus as he faced the reality of what lay ahead.
So how many times was Jesus tempted in his life? While we can point to specific instances like those mentioned above, we cannot put a number on how many times he faced temptation during his time on earth.
What we do know is that he faced every kind of temptation that we face as humans and yet did not sin. This is a powerful reminder that no matter what temptations we face in our own lives, we can look to Jesus as an example of how to resist them.