Jesus was tempted, so he can help you when you are tempted. – Hebrews 2
From my reading in Hebrews 2 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
Jesus chose to become fully human in order to save us!
“For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:17–18
Jesus became a man so that he could die a man’s death.
In order for Jesus to die for our sins he had to become a human. One of the mysteries of Jesus is that he was fully human and fully God simultaneously. While on earth Jesus limited some of his God powers so that he could become like us. Because he did this he was able to die a true death and make a true “atonement” for our sins.
The “Atonement” is the means by which our sins are forgiven. Jesus was the only perfect sacrifice that would sufficient for the cleansing of our sins.
Because he suffered through all the same temptations you do, Jesus knows exactly what you are going through,
We have sympathetic Savior. Jesus suffered through temptation so we should not be surprised when we are tempted. Jesus can help us no matter how great the temptation. Jesus went through all of his temptations without sinning because there was a way of escape.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Truth about your temptation.
- Your temptation is normal.
- Your temptation is not beyond what you can bear.
- Your temptation is escapable.
- Your temptation won’t last forever.
Jesus showed us how to say no to temptation.
Next time you are tempted, remember Jesus and rely on his strength to help you through.
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