Jesus Faced Greater Temptation Than You

18 May

“Jesus was tempted. The New Testament goes further: he was tempted in every way, just as we are (Heb. 4:15). Do we believe that? When we are tempted we tend to think (although we would be hesitant to admit it): ‘Yes, I know he was tempted; but he did not experience what I am experiencing’. But the truth is the other way round. You will never experience what he did, because you are a sinner. In our temptations we give way long before we experience the level of temptation’s pressure which Jesus experienced. Because we have given in in the past the powers of darkness never need to apply the same pressure to us that they applied to Jesus. We provide them with an easy target. Jesus, on the other hand, exhausted all the devil’s powers and energies. They could find no ‘grip’, no ‘foothold’ in the life of Jesus (Jn. 14:30). According to the Gospel records the powers of darkness mounted an all-out attack on Jesus (a legion of demons was stationed in one man at Gadara in order to oppose him).  But even in the hour of darkness they could not overcome him (Lk. 22:53).”

S.B. Ferguson, Grow in Grace

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One Response to “Jesus Faced Greater Temptation Than You”

  1. Ryan Wilson July 9, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    I was doing this devotional yesterday (being thursday as it’s still before 12am in Ecuador) and it was based on Hebrews 4 v14-16 and it made references to the temptations of Jesus. It’s very true what you say above, that Jesus was tempted way more than we can imagine or experience but can we can always go to Him in times of temptation because Jesus sympathises with what we are going through and can help us through what it is that is causing us temptation.

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