Temptation and Suffering

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For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.

Hebrews 2:18

The above scripture is referring to Jesus Christ.  It lets us know that he understands what we go through when we are being tempted by negative influences, because he was tempted and suffered while he was on the earth.  He understands because he was tempted by Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1).  First, Satan tried to convince the son of God to use his power to give in to his desires.  When that didn’t work, Satan then tried to persuade him to bow down and worship him.  Jesus forcefully declined his offer, even though he was offered all the kingdoms in the world if he did this.  He knew better, because he knew what his true purpose was, and he knew that the devil was a liar and a manipulator.  That’s why “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same testings we do, yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15 NLT).”

Jesus also experienced suffering when he was betrayed by Judas, flogged and beaten by the Roman soldiers, and crucified on the cross.  He knew this was going to happen, but instead of running, he allowed it because that was the only way he could free us from the bondage of sin.  We now have a Mediator who intercedes on our behalf, instead of us facing God’s wrath directly for our sins.

That means that we have someone to help us when we are being tempted by the devil.  That means we now have someone to look over us and give us the strength to fight when we are suffering through something.  We can now make it through any challenge by calling on the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our Protector.

Published by J.C. Maine

I am a retired veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard. I live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. My desire is to use positive messages to improve the lives of other people.

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