Introduction: Christ was also tempted
Yesterday we noted some thoughts on how it is that Christians can have victory over temptation. In the Bible, Christ's temptation in the wilderness stands as the epicenter on all scriptures dealing with the subject of temptation. Christ's earthly ministry was characterized as being under constant barrage of various trials and temptations. (Luke 22:28) Thankfully Christ never gave into such temptations despite being tempted at all points like we are. (Hebrews 4:15).
So why was Christ tempted? What does His temptation have to do with Christian living? In today's blog, I want to list for you five provisions Christ gained for every believer as a result of His defeat of satan in temptations such as He endured in Matthew 4:1-11. We will then close with two verses that explain why Christ had to undergo temptation.
5 provisions for victory over temptation gained by Christ for every Christian as taken from Matthew 4:1-11 and other verses:
2. God’s Word. Mt 4:4; Ps 119:11
3. God’s character. Mt 4:5-6; 1 Cor 10:13
Why Christ had to undergo temptations for every believer: empathy with believers and enablement of believers
Whatever Christ experienced in the course of His humanity during the days of His time here on earth, we as believer's have access to the provisions he won for us. Hebrews 2:18 states - "For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted." That verse tells us that Christ can enable every Christian, who so avail themselves of Christ provision, to overcome temptation. Then Hebrews 4:15 explains even more: "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin." Thankfully our High Priest understands what we are undergoing. Just to know that He knows means that there is no better One to flee to in times of trouble than Jesus Christ.