Temptation of Christ

Michael Pacher (1435-1498)

Matthew 4:5
 Jesus has just rebuffed Satan's first temptation, in this verse the devil transports him to the site of the second temptation.

Pseudo-Chrysostom: "From this first answer of Christ, the Devil could learn nothing certain whether He were God or man; he therefore betook him to another temptation, saying within himself; This man who is not sensible of the appetite of hunger, if not the Son of God, is yet a holy man; and such do attain strength not to be overcome by hunger; but when they have subdued every necessity of the flesh, they often fall by desire of empty glory. Therefore he began to tempt Him by this empty glory."