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Tempted As We Are

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are --- yet was without sin" (Heb.4:15).

We should never downplay the deity of God, but also never forget this; "The word became flesh and made his dwelling among you" (Jn.1:14). I didn't count them myself, but if you are one of those "bean counter" people who is impressed by numbers, check this out... Jesus is referred to as "man" 36 times in the New Testament, and as "Son of Man" another 82. By the way, all but two if them are self-designations. The "humanity" of Jesus is perhaps one of the most significant, yet underappreciated doctrines in our Bible. The writer of the Book of Hebrews is quite forthright (2:9-18) in saying that Jesus' brotherhood was necessary in order for Him to suffer and die for our sins. Today's verse says that it was also a necessity for Jesus to be human in order to sympathize with our struggles and weaknesses. It was necessary for Him to be tempted, so we can deal with those temptations in our lives as He did... To be tempted is to be enticed to sin, so if it were not possible for Jesus to sin, the word tempted is void of meaning. God cannot tempt or be tempted, so Jesus had to come in human form..."But made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness" (Phil.2:7). Although his oneness with God never ended, his assumed oneness with man involved giving up certain prerogatives and powers of Deity, including the ability to be sin and be tempted. This week, we will look at temptations, and try to learn from Jesus how to resist them. I hope it will be beneficial to all of us...

Have a great start to your week. Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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