Jesus: Fasted

Related words


Bible references

Jesus' example

On the assumption that fasting can be many forms of self-denial, not just not eating, we might add:

Jesus' teaching

Jesus described

Followers of Jesus


There are many references to fasting in the Old Testament. It was an established part of Jewish spirituality.

In Jesus' time

There is only one reference to Jesus fasting from food (although that was a fast of 40 days and nights!) Given that it was a common practice and that Jesus intended His followers to fast, we can probably assume that Jesus fasted on many other occasions.

There are, however, other ways to fast. Forgoing sleep so as to pray is a form of fasting.

Jesus' two referneces to fasting both assume that His followers will fast.