Did Jesus Lose Weight when He Fasted?

by Lester Young

C’mon…I’m the only one that thinks about this stuff??  I know, I know; seems like we’re gone off into something stupid today, huh.  Well, just hear me out, because that question actually strikes at a much deeper issue.  It does, too!!  (Sorry…it’s just that I can hear you thinking.)

Think about Jesus out there in the wilderness those forty days and forty nights – but not Jesus the Son of God.  Let’s consider for a few minutes Jesus, the Son of Man.  The Lord often referred to Himself as the ‘Son of Man,’ and He did so as a means of emphasizing (with regard to the particular subject matter He was addressing at the time) His inherited physical state as a human being just like every other human being, descended from the first human, Adam.  (He was not saying that He inherited Adam’s dead, sinful spirit; only his condition of being a natural, earthly man.)  And, being one of that group, His physical body would have had to deal with the normal effects associated with food deprivation, wouldn’t you say?  The Scriptures bear that out, plainly stating that after going forty days without, Jesus hungered (Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:2).

But let’s not kid ourselves.  I’m quite certain it didn’t take a whole forty days before Jesus ever began to feel hunger pangs.  No, that phrase “He was afterward an hungred” actually means ‘eventually He was starving – literally.’  He wasn’t on a fast before He stepped out into the wilderness, which means He’d been eating normally, probably two or three times a day.  So, after the first day-and-a-half or so, I’m sure His stomach was beginning to wonder what it had done to deserve being ignored.  Let’s face it; if it were us, going without a single feeding would’ve gotten those missed-meal cramps to fussing.

Now I realize this is a bit off-topic, but what are fasts for?  Well, I have no doubt that they serve a number of additional underlying purposes, but I think a fundamental reason for fasting is simply to get into the mindset and habit of saying “No!” to our body and the physical urges it’s subject to (ups to Keith Moore for this insight).  And, hunger is the strongest and most ‘driving’ one of them all.  Remember, during the worst famines, people even resorted to eating their own children – and other ‘stuff’ (Deuteronomy 28:53-57; 2 Kings 6:25, 28-29).  How hungry must they have been?  It’s the most basic natural urge; which is why it’s the first temptation the devil threw at Jesus, making a play for Him at the most opportune time and in the weakest spot (Matthew 4:2-3; Luke 4:2-3).

Okay, back to the point.  What is my point?  Well, the point is this: we have to keep in mind the humanity of Jesus just as much as we’d better keep in mind His Divinity.  We have to know that Jesus walked this earth by the power of the Holy Spirit in union with His own spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17), just as we have the calling and opportunity to do.  He had access to no special privileges that we don’t have (Hebrews 2:16-17) – if He did, God would be unrighteous and unfair to expect us to walk like He did and perform the works that He performed.  The Father hearkened to and honored Jesus because Jesus revered Him (Psalm 91:14-15; John 15:10; Hebrews 5:7), not because He was His only Son.

When Jesus walked down the street (or path, as the case may be), His feet didn’t float six inches above the earth.  They got dirty and needed washing from the dust His sandals kicked up.  His body got tired after long hikes and needed a drink of refreshing water (John 4:6-7).  His flesh was just as weak and inherently powerless as ours is, and He had to work through it in the power of the Holy Spirit – just like He tells us to do.  All the power He displayed was from the Spirit of His Father inside Him – just like He is in us (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Jesus most certainly was (and is) God (John 1:1).  He also most certainly was (and still is) a man (Hebrews 2:17; 5:1,10).  Not fifty percent of each, but one-hundred percent of both!  He operated here completely as a flesh-and-blood man in union with the Father God – just like we’re told to do – and He did it in complete and overwhelming victory.  I don’t know about you, but that tends to give me a lot of hope.

So to answer the title’s question: yeah, Jesus lost weight on that fast – a considerable amount, I suspect.  Wouldn’t you?  When He came out of that assignment in the wilderness, there had probably been other days on which he’d looked better, physically.  But that was okay, because He’d never been stronger in His spirit.  He’d just completed forty days of intense communion and fellowship with His Father through the fullness of the Holy Ghost (Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22, 4:1), and He’d just finished kicking the devil sideways by the fasting-inspired power that allowed Him to say, “No!  Me and My body (and that’s us, by the way [Ephesians 1:22-23]) are going God’s way; so you, devil, can get thee behind me!”

That was just the first episode in a (now) long history chronicling the application of ‘boot to the enemy’s backside,’ and it continues to this day.  Stay tuned!

If you like us, then be sure to LIKE Us…Thanks!


8 Comments to “Did Jesus Lose Weight when He Fasted?”

  1. Hi,
    This is a very good article. I had never thought about the fact of whether or not Jesus lost weight when he was in the wilderness for forty days, but it makes sense. Of course, you are right. He was the son of God but also the son of man. Thank you for pointing out to me how human Jesus was and yet he was without sin.
    I enjoyed reading the article because it made me think about something that I had not thought of before.

    • Hey, Pat.

      Thanks very much…it encouraged me as I was writing it, because it forces us to also look at Jesus’ humanity (which we often just don’t think of too much). And it’s very important for us as Christians, because He tells us to “do it [live our lives] just like He did.” And, as a human being, He had to rely solely on the Holy Ghost inside Him for His power, His direction, His livelihood, indeed all His success and victory. No inherent fleshly power just because He was the Son of God, but pure reliance on God the Father in Him…just like He’s told us to do. He is indeed our ‘example’ for all things. Thanks for stopping by…


  2. He became as one of us, felt all our infirmities, yet without sin so He can become the perfect sacrifice. And as a man fasting for forty days, this was entirely His human body undergoing the fast. Thank you, Lester for reminding us of this fact. Dee

    • Hi, Dee…

      Yes, the Lord Jesus is our perfect sacrifice and perfect example of how to live our lives here on this earth. As always, thanks for your comments…


  3. Great post, Lester. It is something that I had not thought of and I’m rather surprised because normally I think of the unusual behind what I read in scripture. Fasting is something that many people are afraid to try, or do try and fail because they haven’t learned to discipline their bodies. But fasting is very beneficial both physically and spiritually. Our church has had a 21-day fast in January every year for the last 3 or 4 years. I don’t think many people do a complete fast for the whole time, but some of us do just liquids for 21 days. If Jesus could do it, so can we. And He came forth in the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe that is what He wants for us, too.

    • Hi Diane.

      Yes, we actually can do what Jesus did, and even greater things…because He said we could. He lived (and lives) by the power of God’s Spirit within Him, and so are we called to live that very same way. Thanks for stopping by…


  4. What an awesome reminder this was! I know I needed that. It helps defeat any excuse making when it comes to being led to do something, and believing that you can’t achieve. No, I can’t, but God’s spirit in me allows me to achieve much. Appreciate this post and thanks 🙂

    • Hi Thomasena.

      It really blesses me that it helped you. As the Word says, “Not by might nor [any other human] power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: