He’s been there

How Christ’s Humanity can encourage us
Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:14-16

How many different challenging life experiences can you think of that Jesus participated in, and therefore can encourage us in? Is there anything practical that we can do to receive this encouragement into our lives?

The Gospels tell us of the ways that Jesus was tempted. Here are two ways that Jesus was tempted by the devil.

  1. Hunger — Jesus’ response was
    Man does not live by bread alone.” Luke 4:4
  2. Idolatry — His response to the devil was
    “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” Luke 4:8

We can follow Christ’s example of how to resist temptation by prayer. He mentions this more than once, first in the Lord’s prayer “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:13) and at Gethsemane in Luke 22:46 when he tellls the disciples to “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

We can also be encouraged by knowing that we will never be tempted more than we can bear:
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

These two Hebrew passages are encouraging passages for us. We can be encouraged because Jesus has experienced temptation, the same or similar temptations that all of us have, and is understanding when we come to him for help. This passage not only encourages us in knowing that Jesus understands us, but that we should be encouraged to go to him for help as the verse in Hebrews 4:16 indicates that we can do so with confidence.

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that but his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abrahams descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers 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 2:14-18.

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16.

Be encouraged, He’s been there too.

~Lori Jo

{This is a vintage post}


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