At this time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee. He was baptized by John in the Jordan. And as he came up from the water, he saw the sky opening.
Then the Spirit, like a dove, came down upon him. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my Son whom I love. In you I am well pleased.
Then the Spirit led Jesus to a far away place. And there he was tempted by the devil. After not eating for forty days and forty nights, Jesus was hungry.
The devil came and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” But Jesus answered, “It is written, “‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from God.'”
Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city. On the highest point of the Temple, the evil one said, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, “‘He will tell his angels to take care of you, and their hands will catch you, so you do not hit your foot against a stone.'”
Jesus said to him, “It is also written, “‘You must not test the Lord your God.'”
Once more the devil took him to a high place. There he showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their power. Then he said to him, “All these things I will give you if you will fall down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Get away from me, Satan! It is written, “‘You must worship the Lord your God. Serve him only.'”
Adapted from “The Children’s Bible” by Henry A. Sherman and Charles Foster Kent (1922).
Rights: Public domain in the USA.