“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry.
And the tempter came and said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’
But He answered, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Then the devil took Him to the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple
and said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”
Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, ”You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”
Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
And he said to Him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’
Then Jesus said to him, ”Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.”
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him.”
– Matthew 4:1-11
“The sympathy of Jesus is a truth which ought to be peculiarly dear to all believers. They will find in it a mine of strong consolation. They should never forget, that they have a mighty Friend in heaven, who feels for them in all their temptations, and can enter into all their spiritual anxieties. Are they ever tempted by Satan to distrust God’s care and goodness? So was Jesus. Are they ever tempted to presume on God’s mercy, and run into danger without warrant? So also was Jesus. Are they ever tempted to commit some one great private sin for the sake of some great seeming advantage? So also was Jesus. Are they ever tempted to listen to some misapplication of Scripture, as an excuse for doing wrong? So also was Jesus. He is just the Savior that a tempted people require. Let them flee to Him for help, and spread before Him all their troubles. They will find His ear ever ready to hear, and His heart ever ready to feel He can understand their sorrows.
May we all know the value of a sympathizing Savior by experience! There is nothing to be compared to it in this cold and deceitful world. Those who seek their happiness in this life only, and despise the religion of the Bible, have no idea what true comfort they are missing.”
– J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels
“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
For surely it is not angels that He helps, but He helps the offspring of Abraham.
Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
For because He himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
– Hebrews 4:12-16
Believers, in our humanness we frequently fall to temptation before it ever reaches its full intensity. Jesus never once gave in. Therefore, it follows that He was tempted beyond what any human man has ever been tempted, and withstood it all. Fully God and fully man…conquering sin and death for us, that we may be free to walk in Christ, no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to Christ, receiving spiritual and eternal life.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,
in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
– Romans 8:1-4
Free from sin! Free from condemnation!
Now does this mean we as believers will no longer sin? No. In this world we struggle daily with our flesh and will frequently make mistakes. And yet, Christ’s work in us fills us with a desire to serve Him and to walk in the truth, to serve Him with our whole being. He works in the believer daily, sanctifying and refining him to make him more like Christ. Through His grace and strength, we who were once dead in sin are now able to serve Christ.
“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 6:15-23
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:13
‘Tis a wonderful truth! 🙂