Manage episode 242750063 series 2286401
“As a man, Jesus was subject to the needs, limitations, and frailties of a human being in this world. He had a body with nerve endings like ours, emotions that tore him as do ours. That is what it means for him to have been fully human.”
Hebrews 2:14,17-18 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God… Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
Hebrews 2:18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.
James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one.
Matthew 4:2-3 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
Temptation #1: Doubting Our Identity & Satisfying Non-Sinful Human Needs Through Sinful Means
A temptation is anything that draws the mind and heart of man away from God and toward sin. Temptation also occurs when we are presented with opportunities to satisfy non-sinful human needs or desires through sinful means.
The human part of Jesus was capable of being tempted to doubt that he was really the Son of God.
Temptation is not limited to feeling tempted to SIN it’s also feeling tempted to DOUBT WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT YOU.
Satan loves tempting us to satisfy God-given needs through sinful means and he does it by attacking our identity.
Matthew 4:4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4:5-7 Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.”
Temptation #2: Proving Our Identity & Jumping Without Premise.
Romans 12:2 …so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes],
Matthew 4:8-9 Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”
Temptation #3: Taking Short Cuts.
Short cuts lead to disappointment.
Romans 5:3-5 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us d