Day 2: Jesus Became Hungry for You

Read Matthew 4:1-2
Read Luke 4:1-2

After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus was nearly ready to begin His ministry. First, He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness so He could identify with human temptation (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15). During this time, Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. And he got hungry.

Not exactly a shocker, there. I can hardly go 40 minutes without getting hungry, much less 40 days.

So why does the Bible include this seemingly obvious detail?

Because it’s critical that we understand that, while Jesus remained fully God (Titus 2:13), he was also fully man (John 1:14).

Jesus didn’t take the easy way out; He felt all the ailments and emotions we do. He got thirsty (John 19:28). He felt sorrow and torment (Matthew 26:38). He grew weary (John 4:6). He cried (John 11:35), became angry (John 2:15-16), and bled (John 19:34).

And He got hungry.

Jesus was very much a human being.

This is a concept our human minds cannot quite comprehend. From our frame of reference, it is impossible for a being to be fully divine and fully human. My brain tends to fill in this gap by concluding, “Well, Jesus was God. He had the power to mute or even avoid pain.”

And sure, Jesus could’ve done that. He could have shielded Himself from the pain that sin had introduced to the perfect world God created.

But He didn’t. He took it all on because He loves you. And when you’re going through those dark moments when the pain feels too much to bear, He wanted to be able to come alongside you and say, “I’ve been there. I know how bad this hurts. But I love you, and I will help you through this.”

Next time you feel the pangs of hunger start to kick in, remember Jesus chose to get hungry for you. He could’ve conjured a juicy filet mignon or a spread of the world’s greatest vegetables. Instead, He went without food for 40 days in a dessert.

If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.