7777 - He Was Tempted
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Today let’s talk about how Jesus suffered because of temptations while here on earth.
Let me read Hebrews 2: verse 18:
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Some people shrug their shoulders in unconcern when they think about the temptations of Jesus. After all, if he was the perfect Son of God, would he not be impervious to temptations? Would he not be able to just shrug them off?
True, if Jesus were operating in the power of his heavenly might, then temptation would not even scratch the surface. They would bounce right off.
The truth is that Jesus had laid aside the use of his mighty power before he came to earth as a baby boy. The Holy Spirit tells us through the apostle Paul in the book of Philippians, that Christ, “emptied himself” as one feature of taking on human flesh. During His life here on earth, as the Son of Man, Jesus was committed to rely totally upon Father God for anything that was required beyond human effort. He said, “I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me;” and he told his disciples that it was the Father, living in Him, who was doing his miraculous work.
Acts (10:38) tells us that: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”
So let us understand that the life of Jesus was a demonstration to believers that we must likewise depend upon the indwelling Lord Jesus to live His life in and through us if we are to accomplish anything of eternal value.
With these things in mind we are able more clearly to understand that in everything which Jesus experienced in his life as a human he faced feelings just as any one of us. He could feel, and hurt, and be excited just as other human beings. He could be tempted to anger, to pride, to lust, to be depressed. He went through the whole gamut of emotions.
This means that as a child when he got a sticker or thorn in his foot it hurt, just as we have hurt in such situations. When he was working in his father’s carpenter shop and hit his finger with a hammer, he hurt and perhaps bled.
Likewise when Jesus was taunted by the local bully he was tempted to taunt back, or to bash the bully in the face. He was tempted to do evil.
We must also conclude that as Jesus was growing up and saw a pretty girl that he was tempted as teen boys have been through the ages. But he was able to always trust and depend upon the Father to keep his mind pure and his thoughts on the proper tract. But it was necessary for him to go through these temptations so that now, as our high priest, he is able to identify and help us in each and every situation.
If Jesus had been guarded and protected by his divine heavenly power, then he would have no experiential identification with our temptations.
Later on in this book we are told that he was tempted in every way, just as we are — yet without sin. However, it is significant that he went through similar situations. Now he can sympathize with our weaknesses.
Just imagine some of your experiences of testing. Did Jesus meet those feelings? That’s what the Word says and It is always true.
It seems that individually Jesus must have suffered more than any other human being, because he had to go through the combined experiences of all of us. What a horrible thought. How did he survive? No problem. He depended perfectly upon His heavenly Father to guard him, comfort him, and direct his affairs.
Notice the benefit of such a life: He is now able to help those who are being tempted.
Thank you Jesus for persevering through each trial of your life, because now you are able to shepherd us as our High Priest more effectively.