Mark spends two whole verses to describe what to Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. That’s it. Jesus is baptized, receives the Holy Spirit, and is immediately driven into the wilderness or desert. We are told that Jesus is there for 40 days, he is tempted or challenged by Satan, was with wild animals, and waited on by angels. Those are some pretty exciting things, but Mark leaves us with a bare-bones, Spark Notes version of the story. If George Lucas wrote stories the way Mark’s author did, then Star Wars would have played out a lot differently. We would see Luke Skywalker making friends and allies in the fight against the evil empire, training with Obi-Wan and Yoda, learning how to wield a lightsaber, traveling to the Death Star, and just when he is about to confront Darth Vader, the long-anticipated villain, we get a black screen with yellow text that gives a quick summary of what transpires next, “Luke and Vader fought each other, and Darth Vader revealed that he was Luke’s father.” Roll credits. The End.
So the big question is why? Why doesn’t Mark give us any juicy details for what happened to Jesus in the wilderness- with SATAN? With WILD ANIMALS? With ANGELS? Continue reading