Jesus and Temptation
We are continuing our series on Jesus leading into Easter.
and in this post we are looking at Jesus and Temptation.
In our last post we made the point that Jesus set the perfect example of being tempted but never sinning.
In Hebrew 4:15 the writer says “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”
Being tempted is part of life.
Paul writes to the Corinthians “God is faithful and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability. With the temptation he will provide a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
But the point that we give into the temptation – we sin – we separate ourselves from God.
That’s probably why when Jesus taught us to pray part of it was “lead us not into temptation”.
Temptation comes from 3 places:
1. The flesh: our internal
predisposition towards sin – our own decisions where we can’t blame the devil. Think about those times when you tell a white lie – it’s that kind of feeling
2. The world: the systems, structures and ideologies that are around us but opposed to God. If we believe what everyone believes we start to behave like everyone behaves. Think about the issues of materialism, consumerism, entitlement and pornography.
3. The devil: direct times like happened for Jesus in the wilderness
Let’s be aware of temptation knowing God won’t give us more than we can handle.
Let’s resist temptation and avoid sin.
Where we have
sinned let us remember the victory, freedom, grace, mercy, compassion and forgiveness we have because of Christ has done for us – more on that in our final post in this series.
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