If Jesus was alone, fasting for 40 days, has anyone bothered to ask how Matthew knew about the details? At the time of this 40 day experience there is no evidence that Matthew even knew who Jesus was. Therefore, Jesus must have felt it an important enough to share His personal moment with Matthew in detail.
Not only was it personal but it was a time that Jesus was vulnerable. Or else, how could that have been temptations unless each were attractive to Him?
So, what was so important about the three times that Satan tempted Jesus?
According to I John 2:16 all sin falls into one of three categories: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. Satan dangled a carrot for all three of these categories. Jesus may not have experienced the temptation you struggle with but whichever the three categories yours falls into, Jesus faced it.
- It proves that Jesus understands the temptations that we experience.
- It shows how he confronted those temptations
- Jesus took the time to rehearse this story to Matthew so that we may benefit from it.