Wednesday, 26 February 2014


For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 

Jesus lived on earth and experienced the limitations and challenges of human life. He faced the same temptations any young man his age faced yet he was without sin.

After his baptism and forty days of fasting, he had to deal with the temptations of the flesh, ambition and self-glory. 

• He knows the feelings and appetites of the human body. Jesus did not live in a heavenly cocoon that minimized his temptations. 

If anything, his temptations were more severe than ours because the tempter had a greater commitment to destroying him.

He lived in a human body for thirty-three years and as a young male, all his male instincts were at work yet mastered his impulses and did not allow them to rule his life. 

• He related to people who did not like him. Jesus might have felt the desire to get even with his enemies. 

Many times, his enemies set traps for him and made his life difficult but even whilst they were crucifying him, he forgave them. 

• He was under pressure to take shortcuts to success. Jesus knew what his life's goal was but also knew the price he had to pay to accomplish what he came to the earth for. 

In the garden of Gethsemane, he came under intense pressure to compromise on the process through which he would realize his destiny, yet he prayed to the Father, 'not my will but yours be done'. 

The Lord Jesus understands our weaknesses, and is able to help us overcome all the temptations of the devil. 

Prayer: Thank You, for sharing my experiences so that I can share in Your strength. 

Scriptural Reading: Hebrews 4:1-16

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