“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted,
he is able to help those who are being tempted”
Scripture is quite clear that God cannot be tempted.
- “God cannot be tempted by evil” (James 1:13)
However the Bible account specifically refers to Jesus temptations in the desert and in the Garden of Gethsemane.
- “for forty days he was tempted by the devil” ( Luke 4:2)
- “The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” (Luke 4:3)
- “if you worship me, it will all be yours” (Luke 4:7)
- “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here” (Luke 4:9)
- “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39)
The writer to the Hebrews goes on to say that,
- “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18)
- “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15)
Clearly, in becoming man, Jesus had walked away from His immunity to temptation and made Himself vulnerable to it, just as we all are. This was not God brushing the temptations aside like irrelevant irritations. This was man facing the reality of real and relevant temptations and refusing to succumb to them. He was born perfect man and died perfect man for not once did He sin!
Whenever we are tempted let us remember that the Man Jesus said no to it.
Lord Jesus thank You for meeting temptation head on and showing me that it can be overcome. Help me please to walk with You and to recognise it and resist it whenever it crosses my path. Amen.