What Do the 3 Temptations of Jesus Symbolize?

The three temptations of Christ are a very important part of our Christian faith, and they have been used to teach us many things about God’s character. The first temptation is called “the devil” or “Satan” in some translations. In this temptation, Satan offers Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if he will worship him. This temptation symbolizes that we can never be satisfied with what we have because there is always something more we want.

We must remember that God has already given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Tim. 2:3). If we try to get more than what He has promised, it means that we are trying to live by our own strength rather than relying on His grace.

We can consider the three temptations from three perspectives as discussed below:

First Perspective

1. Wealth

The first temptation represents wealth. Jesus was tempted after he began preaching the word of God that people would follow him if they could benefit financially from his message. This temptation was not only monetary in nature but also included power over others. We know what happens when we sin against God and how serious He views our actions. In fact, even though the devil promised Jesus everything he wanted, Christ still chose to trust and obey God rather than disobey Him.

2. Power

This second temptation portrays power. Satan wants us to believe that we have control over anything we want. When we think about things other than God, we tend to take advantage of our position and authority. But remember where we came from and who holds ultimate authority – our Creator. And although we may desire the rewards that accompany earthly success, we should always pursue them under the influence and lead of His guidance.

3. Pleasure

Our final temptation pertains to pleasure. You see, the world’s ways are deceptive and often leave us feeling empty and dissatisfied. Even though worldly pleasures seem to satisfy our desires temporarily, they ultimately end up leaving us craving something greater. That is why Jesus said, “Do not seek what you should eat or drink; nor worry about your body, what you shall wear… Is any of you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well” (James 5:13-15). If you’re struggling with feelings of emptiness, try giving yourself to God instead. He’ll give you peace and fill you up once again!

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Second Perspective

Temptation 1-The love of money

In the Bible, Jesus was tempted by Satan, who showed him many things, including riches. When he saw them, his heart became envious. He wanted those riches, but God told him not to take anything that wasn’t his. Money represents greediness, hoarding, and covetousness. If you want to know if someone loves money, look at their eyes. A person whose eyes shine bright would probably never admit to loving money.

Temptation 2 – The desire to control others

Jesus was tempted to use his power over people. To test him, the devil offered Jesus the opportunity to turn stones to bread. If he did, no one else could ever say they were hungry again. In our own lives we may feel jealous of someone else’s success. We may try to keep others down, or maybe manipulate them to make ourselves seem bigger than they really are.

Temptation 3 – The love of pleasure

When Jesus was asked about fasting, he said the best way to get rid of temptation was to give up something fun. That means to give up your desires for food, sex, or any kind of entertainment. Jesus knew the value of eating right, having good hygiene, and resting well. All of these things keep us from being distracted by indulging ourselves in things that aren’t good for us.

 

The three Temptations of Jesus Christ represent what we often face as humans trying to live a virtuous lifestyle. These temptations are rooted deeply within us and they make us feel as if we have failed at our attempts to lead a moral life. We are tempted to sin even though we know it’s wrong and we end up falling victim to them. However, these temptations don’t define who we truly are, nor does any single temptation completely destroy our soul. What matters most is how we respond to each temptation. If we choose to let sin control us or give in to temptation then we will not only fail to follow God’s commandments but we will lose our place as his children. In order to remain strong and faithful in resisting the temptations of the world and ourselves we need to keep in mind that no matter what we fall prey to, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. He will always be here waiting to rescue us if we ever decide to accept him as our savior.

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Third Perspective

## 1. Sloth

Sloth represents laziness and apathy towards others and oneself. People become lazy when their actions are controlled by their desires rather than by external forces. A person might be driven to work due to financial reasons but becomes indifferent once he gets his paycheck. Slothfulness comes from letting yourself go instead of preparing yourself spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically for future challenges. Slothful individuals lack discipline, motivation, and willpower to achieve goals. The slothful person spends most of his time doing nothing productive instead of using his free time wisely. His attitude towards self-improvement is negative and he tends to dwell on past pains rather than looking forward to future success. When left unchecked, this kind of attitude will surely consume him leading to many problems including depression, loneliness, frustration, and anger. To overcome sloth you have to find some hobbies or interests that interest you and dedicate time to them daily. You should take care of your body, eat right, exercise regularly, meditate, pray, study the bible, help people around you, and stay busy. By taking care of the body and mind and being active in those pursuits you will feel good about yourself. Also remember that sloth doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get things done but it means you should enjoy your leisure time without worrying about anything else.

## 2. Pride

Pride is the sinful trait where people think highly of themselves and boast about their achievements. Pride is caused by the belief that we are different from everyone else on earth. We tend to compare ourselves to others especially if we are successful. Most of us are proud of our families, friends, jobs, possessions, talents, etc. However, pride keeps us from accepting criticism, acknowledging mistakes, and humbling ourselves before God. Without humility we create unhealthy relationships with others and ultimately hurt ourselves. Pride is sometimes praised as a virtue but in reality it causes great harm and hinders progress in life. Those who embrace pride refuse to admit their faults and weaknesses; they want to be perfect and above reproach. Their ego makes them believe that they are superior to others and therefore reject anyone who disagrees with them. Pride is a symptom of selfishness and arrogance; it prevents people from loving others and serving the Lord. To conquer pride you must realize that you aren’t superior to anyone else and you won’t achieve perfection. Instead of getting upset whenever someone criticizes you, just humble yourself and apologize. Once you acknowledge your errors and shortcomings you’ll begin to develop greater empathy for others and realize that they are human beings just like you.

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## 3. Avarice/Greed

Avarice refers to greed while greed refers to excessive desire for wealth and power. Greed manifests itself in two forms, materialism and social status (or vanity). Materialistic people collect items merely for the sake of having more stuff or owning something expensive. Social status seekers try to gain recognition and admiration from others in order to increase their own personal image. Both types of greedy behavior are harmful because they cause people to neglect basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare. Greedy people are obsessed with money and possessions. They spend hours shopping online or flipping channels searching for ways to earn more money so they can buy more stuff. As a result, they end up spending much of their time working and saving money which takes away valuable time from family, friends, schoolwork, and spiritual activities. If you’re experiencing financial difficulties and find yourself constantly comparing yourself to others then you may suffer from avarice. Avoiding comparisons is the best way to combat this issue because it will allow you to focus solely on achieving your goals and not worry about what others are doing. Don’t worry about meeting the expectations of others unless they are helping you reach your personal goals. It’s okay to ask for favors and assistance from others but there’s no point in demanding respect or pity from them.

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Takeaway: The 3 Temptations of Jesus Symbolized the three category of sin as explained in 1 John 2:16.

The 3 Temptations of Christ Symbolize:

1) Pride

2) Avarice

3) Greed

Do You Struggle With Any Of These Sins?

Prayer: Father, help me to overcome these sins and any other sins that I struggle with. Help me to live each day without sinning against You. In Your name I pray, Amen.

Thank you

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