Bible Question:

Did Jesus drink water when He was fasting for 40 days?

Bible Answer:

Matthew, Mark and Luke recorded the events surrounding Christ’s temptation in the wilderness. The three gospels report that Jesus had fasted for 40 days, and then the temptation of Jesus followed immediately. Each gospel provides some common details and some unique details.

Individual Gospel Accounts

Consequently, some individuals have claimed that the three gospels are in disagreement, but a good trial lawyer would expect this to be the case. Each one reported different details as each one had a different focus in what he wrote. In a criminal trial, a trial lawyer would charge three witnesses with collusion if they reported the exact same thing. In fact, most trial lawyers are suspicious when all of the witnesses give the exact same information. It becomes obvious that their testimonies are coordinated. The beauty of the three gospels is that we get a fuller picture with Luke giving us the exact chronological sequence of events (Luke 1:3). Here is the picture the gospels give us.

Did Jesus Drink Water During His Temptation

Did Christ Drink Water?

None of the gospels say anything about Jesus drinking water or sleeping, but they do report that Christ fasted or did not eat anything. Even though there are no comments about Christ drinking water, it appears that Jesus did drink water. Medical experts state that the typical man or woman cannot live more than ten days without water; however, some individuals have lived 21 days without water. We can live much longer without food.


What is wonderful about Jesus’ temptation by Satan is that He was tested and did not sin.

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. (NASB) Hebrews 4:15

Jesus is sinless!

Suggested Links:

Temptation of Jesus
Where in the Bible can I find the next time the devil tested Jesus?
Could Jesus have sinned?