In Luke chapter 4, we read about the temptation of Jesus.  If we are not careful, we are left with the impression that Jesus was tempted in three ways.  But if we read again, we discover the three temptations were simply the last.  According to verse 2, Jesus was tempted for forty days.  In other words, Satan threw everything he had against Jesus.

     The good news about this trial is Jesus did not sin (Heb 4:15, 1 Pet. 2:22, Isa. 53:9, 1 Jn. 3:5, 2 Cor. 5:21).  Two wonderful things result from this.  First, Jesus can be the perfect/sinless sacrifice for sin.  No one else could do this.

     The second benefit is Jesus can help Christians who are tried by Satan.  We read in Heb. 2:18, "For in that He Himself has suffered, He is able to aid those who are tempted."  Seeing God cannot be tempted (Jas. 1:12), Jesus had to take on flesh so He could understand our struggles.  It is a comfort to know that Jesus knows our struggles in temptations.

Billy Watkins, Minister/Elder


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