Tempted as We Are, yet Without Sin
“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 4:15-16
Friend, are you weary? Are you struggling against sin or wrestling with pain? Do you find yourself in a season of suffering, waiting, or longing? Maybe the words "Jesus is with you" just aren't comforting you like they ought to. May I remind you of an amazing truth you may have forgotten?
Jesus was tempted to the fullest and suffered the most, yet He never sinned. He was fully human and didn’t lay aside His deity, but rather, possessed it while not fully expressing it. Therefore, He can truly understand what it means to be tempted and how it feels to suffer as a human. His temptations were as real as ours, and His suffering was worse than we’ll ever know. In the gospels, we see Him combating the enemy with God’s Word and through passionate, continual prayer. He has laid before us an example of how to trust God in suffering and to fight temptation. And when we fail, His perfect obedience has washed us clean.
What a beautiful Savior; what a Great High Priest. May you find your hope in Him this day.
Father, we praise You for sending Your Son. Thank You for making Him into a Savior who can sympathize with our weaknesses. May we run to the throne of grace in every time of need. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.
Read or listen to Hebrews to be reminded of our Great High Priest and all He's done for us.