The Window of Lent

This window is based on the temptation story. The colors show many of these… the red of passion and anger; the purple of lust. These help to represent the sins of humankind. Here the Devil is tempting Jesus to “play God”. The Lord responds to this temptation saying, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

The second temptation is more subtle. The Devil takes him up into the mountains and shows him the kingdoms of the world. “All these I will give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” This appeal which comes to all of us under various guises is portrayed here.

Can man be redeemed solely by taking care of his physical needs, as though he were nothing more than the slave of his appetite? Here Jesus stands separate from the shackles, which would make him a slave to his base, animal urges. “…turn these stones into bread” (lower right of Jesus) and people will flock to you. “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”. The temptation is rejected.

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