|John St. John Long|
The Son followed the Spirit into the desert to undergo the Test of Temptation. To prepare himself, he fasted for 960 hours - he became very hungry and weak.
Only then was the Tempter allowed to approach him: "You need to eat! Don't abuse yourself so. Turn some of these stones into warm soft bread to break your fast with."
Jesus responded to his Tempter: "It is written, 'You can't live on bread alone, you must also be nourished by the Word."
Then the Tempter took him to the highest roof of the Temple in Jerusalem: "Why are you all alone? Who will serve you? Jump from this roof! For as you would say, it is written. 'He will command the heavenly host to care for you.' And I will give you another verse: 'They will carry you so that you aren't even bruised!' Do it, they owe you."
Jesus said: "You want to cherry pick and debate scripture? 'Don't. Tempt. God."
The Tempter flew them to the highest mountain peak: "Look below us, all the mighty Kingdoms of Man are under my sway. Affirm me as your superior, and they can all be yours. think of all the good you can do people!"
With the last of his strength, Jesus turned to the Tempter: "Eff-off worm! The sum of all the writings say 'Serve and worship only God.'"
The Tempter fled. Angels came and lovingly nursed the Son back to health.
(Retelling of Matthew 4:1-11)