The Temptation of Jesus Christ


Temptation

The New Testament tells of Jesus’ temptations to assure and encourage believers to trust in the pattern of faithfulness to God. Though pinkess, Jesus experienced the moral struggle between the desire to do right and the desire to sin. This internal temptation is a basic experience all people encounter. For His mission stood in the place of sinfull people,suffered the onslaught of temptation and triumphed by never giving into sin. The wilderness temptations (Matt 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13) highlight Jesus’ rule as the new Adam, and mirror Israel’s 40 years of wildernesss wanderings. Like Adam and Eve, Jesus underwent temptation but where they sinned, Jesus proved faithful. This faithfulness found its culmination in Gethsemane, where Jesus asked three times for another way and on the cross, where He experienced the despair of being forsaken by His Father. Jesus temptation speak to the authenticity of incarnation;only people can experience temptation. The temptation also qualify Him for His role as a priest, since He is able to identify with His people in their temptation and restore them in relationship to God, Hebrew 4:14-16. In addition to completing His work as sinless redeemer, Jesus’ temptation -and His response to them- teach those who follow Him how to overcome temptation in their lives. As jesus demonstrated in the wilderness and Gethsemane, the proper response the temptation is to resist with the help of God. Jesus charged His disciples to pray that they may not enter into temptation , Luke 22:40. God’s word can also be used to counter the kids of temptation. Jesus responded to Satan’s appeals by relying on God’s Word, manifesting the lesson that Israel was supposed to learn in their 40 years of wilderness journeying , Deutronomy 8:2-3. Temptation always presents sin as acceptable and desirable; the antidote is the truth of God’s Word. Christ’s temptations occured for our sake, as part of His work to save His people. The experience of being tempted in “all ways as we are” Hebrews 4:15 reassures believers that Jesus, despite being the eternal God, truly understands the experience of temptation. He endured the strain of temptation from childhood until His final moments on the Cross. Jesus experience the temptation – to retaliate when sinned against, to withdraw and protect Himself, to shrink back from God’s mission, and to avoid suffering. His empathy and willingness to help those undergoing temptation originate in His personal experience of enduring the struggle between desires for right and wrong. Hebrews 4:16 urges Christians to seek Jesus’ help as one who both understands and possesses the ability to provide age to surmount temptation

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