1. Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was purposely led by the Spirit
2. For forty days into the solitude of the desert wilderness for an intentionally staged and personal confrontation with the devil (or the adversary) into a place where He could be tempted, tested and tried by him, one-on-one, for kingdom purposes. And He ate nothing during those days, but when they were completed, He was hungry.
3. And at that time the adversary came and said to Him, “If You really are who You believe and say that You are – the manifestation of God in the physical realm…His own Son – then command these stones to be made into loaves of bread.”
4. But He replied, “It has been written, ‘Man shall not live and be sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth, in the now, from the mouth of God!’”
5. Again, the adversary took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him in panoramic view all the kingdoms of the world and the splendor and magnificence of them all in a moment of time.
6. And he said to Him, "I will give You all this power and authority, as well as their glory, for it has been turned over to me, and I give it to whomever I will.
7. If You will simply prostrate Yourself before me and sincerely worship me it will all be Yours.
8. But Jesus replied to him, "You get behind Me now! It is written, 'You shall do homage to and worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.'"
9. Then the adversary took Him into the holy city and placed Him on a high gable (or turret) of the temple sanctuary and said to Him, “If You really are the Son of God as You say You are, then throw Yourself down off this tower;
10. For it is written, ‘He will give His angels charge over you, to watch over you closely and carefully;
11. And they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
12. Jesus said to him, “Yes, but it is also written, ‘You shall not tempt, test, or try the Lord your God!’”
13. And when the adversary had ended the complete cycle of temptation (or, once these adversarial issues were settled in the mind of Jesus)...he left Him (or, this thought process was ended)...until the temptations of Jesus took on another form at another time.