Wednesday’s Word: Jesus Prepares for Ministry (Seminary Sounds Easier)

When you think of Satan tempting Jesus in the wilderness, what does Satan look like in your mind? This picture of a companion-type Satan, whispering in a lonely, hungry Jesus’ ear, caught my imagination–much more tempting to listen to then a horned devil, the way Satan is sometimes pictured!

Today, Sonja reads Luke 3:18-23 and Luke 4:1-13, the story of Jesus’ life right before he began his public ministry.
Picture credit to for the Temptation of Christ.

For friends new to this blog, “Wednesday’s Word” is a weekly Bible audio clip that rotates between Genesis, Luke and Psalms. Periodically, I post a word from the Bible on what it means to be wise in “Wednesday’s Word to the Wise,” in honor of Sophie Topfeather, the main character of my upcoming children’s series.

On Sundays, I post an article-type post on themes in the novels: faith, friendship, diversity, etc. Thanks for reading!

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and short stories for children, and occasionally a book or article for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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2 Responses to Wednesday’s Word: Jesus Prepares for Ministry (Seminary Sounds Easier)

  1. Bill Breakey says:

    Jesus being tempted in the wilderness gives me goosebumps. Specifically, on a scale of 1 to 5 stars on this Satan gives me zero goosebumps. No offense to people who are in sales, no doubt Satan did an A+ job of presenting his offer to Jesus. I give Jesus a 5 for goosebumps because Our Lord had the correct response.

    I’ve heard various presentations of Jesus’ condition at the time of the offer. One position is that Jesus was weak and emaciated and therefore very vulnerable. The other position is that Jesus was, in fact, strengthened by the fast. I’m not advocating for either position other than this: Jesus was focused and he gave the right answers …and it gives me goosebumps every time I read it or hear it read.

    Thanks for the reminders that Jesus is awesome!


    • You’re welcome, Bill. Thanks for reading and taking the time to make those good and interesting observations. I have to admit that I’ve never spent much time thinking about what it must have actually been like for Jesus to be tempted by Satan in the wilderness. The picture that I found brought it home for me in a new way–Satan looking so companionable and so reasonable, in a way. We get a very simplified version of the story in the Bible, but I wonder how many hours of how many days Satan pursued Jesus with his whispers and distortions and lies.


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