After his baptism, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and nights and
at the end of the fasting, he was very hungry. The devil came and told him that
if he were the son of God, he should turn the stones into bread. He replied
that it was written that ‘man shall not live by bread alone. The devil then
took him to the pinnacle of the temple and said to him ‘if you are the son
of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “He will give his angels
charge of you,”
and Jesus replied him that ‘again it is written,
‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God,”

After this, the devil took him to a high mountain and showed him
all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory and said to him “All these
I will give to you if you will fall down and worship me,” Jesus said
to
him, ‘Begone, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord
your God…”
Immediately the devil left him and angels came and
ministered to him.

The significance of the temptations to Jesus in his ministry are: 

  1. The temptation confirmed the divinity of Christ. 
  2. Through the
    temptations, Jesus accepted suffering as a means of achieving God’s purpose
    which was the redemption of man. 
  3. With his victory over Satan,
    Jesus assured his followers that, with the word of God, they too could overcome
    the wiles of the devil, 
  4. The temptations signalled the preparation
    of Jesus for his ministry, 
  5. The way Jesus handled the temptations
    show that Jesus is not a political or economic messiah.