Bible Question:

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

Bible Answer:

Matthew, Mark and Luke all have recorded about when Jesus was fasting for 40 days, and the temptation of Jesus that followed immediately after. Each one provides some details the others do not provide.

Gospel Records

Some have used this to say they are in disagreement, but a good trial lawyer would expect this to be the case. Each one saw something different and 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. 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.

Matthew 4:1-11Mark 1:12-13Luke 4:1-13
Led by the Holy SpiritFull of the Holy Spirit
In the wilderness In the wildernessIn the wilderness
He was there 40 days He was there 40 daysHe was there 40 days
Became hungryBecame hungry
Did not eat anything
Wild beasts were present
He was tempted to sin by SatanHe was tempted to sin by SatanHe was tempted to sin by Satan
Angels ministered to HimAngels ministered to Him

Drink Water?

The gospels only say that Jesus did not eat anything. There are no comments about drinking water. It appears that Jesus did drink water. Medical literature says a man or woman cannot live long without water, but we can live a long time 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!