The Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent has always fascinated me since I first heard it at Mass as a small child. That Jesus would be in a conversation with the devil has so many fascinating aspects to it.
How do you depict the devil in your mind? Of course the devil is an archangel, Lucifer to be specific. Angels are formless,pure spirits although art and imagination depict them with bodies.
I don't remember if I've ever seen this specific image below of the devil with Jesus. Even when I was a child I wondered how the devil took Jesus to the lofty mountain top to see all the kingdoms of the world and how the devil took Jesus to the parapet of the temple. This particular artistic rendering solves that question. I don't think I've ever seen the devil actually holding Jesus!
At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert
to be tempted by the devil.
He fasted for forty days and forty nights,
and afterwards he was hungry.
The tempter approached and said to him,
“If you are the Son of God,
command that these stones become loaves of bread.”
He said in reply,
“It is written:
One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth
from the mouth of God.”
Then the devil took him to the holy city,
and made him stand on the parapet of the temple,
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down.
For it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you
and with their hands they will support you,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.”
Jesus answered him,
“Again it is written,
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain,
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence,
and he said to him, "All these I shall give to you,
if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.”
At this, Jesus said to him,
“Get away, Satan!
It is written:
The Lord, your God, shall you worship
and him alone shall you serve.”
Then the devil left him and, behold,
angels came and ministered to him.