Everywhere we look there are things devised to capture our attention. We’re presented with a visual of an action that’s designed to produce a reaction from us. Unfortunately, the reaction some of the producers of these visuals want isn’t healthy for us spiritually or physically. What if I told you Jesus was tempted by the same visuals we’re being tempted by today? He was. The only difference between then and now is technology. There weren’t social media, the internet or cell phones back then. And the temptation today is instant.
Hebrews 4:15 – For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
When we think about sin, we should realize sin isn’t new. It was introduced in the Garden of Eden to Adam and Eve. It appealed to their visual and auditory senses as it was introduced by Satan. And while I’m on the topic of sin, it has separated us from God.
I’m sure Jesus was around children who sinned and tried to pressure Him into an act of sin with them. Perhaps He saw someone stealing. Perhaps He saw an act of adultery. Maybe a cute teenaged girl tried to appeal to Him. Could He have gotten angry and was tempted to disrespect an elder? I’m sure Jesus was faced with all kinds of temptations when He was growing up and after He became an adult.
1 Peter 2:21-22 – For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;
I guess you can say “He been there but He didn’t do that!”
God loves us so much that He sacrificed His only Son for the sins we committed. He needed a lamb to sacrifice and that lamb had to be without blemish because if no blood is shed for our sins there is no remission or canceling of the debt for our sins. Not just any lamb, but a perfect lamb. Jesus is that lamb and He remained perfect until His crucifixion. “The wages of sin is death” and it’s because of Him that we didn’t get what we deserve. We were facing eternal death. Even though Jesus was tempted, felt the same emotions we feel, see the same unrighteous living we see, He didn’t sin! Jesus is in touch with everything we face today. I guess you can say He been there but He didn’t do that!”
1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
So the next time you struggle with something. The next time you’re overwhelmed with sorrow, anger, lust, and fear, remember Jesus felt these and everything else we feel and He understands. He is showing us how to get past all these temptations by leaving an example of His life. When temptation shows up, know God has provided a way out of giving in to temptation. Know that Jesus knows your struggle.
Lord, I pray we consider there is no temptation we experience today that Jesus experienced when He grew up and ministered on this earth. Help us to remember what we’ve read in the scriptures about His life and sacrifice so we can get past the things that pull us out of your will. In Jesus name…Amen.