June 17, 2018
We continue with the Temptation of Jesus while on earth from "Did Jesus Just Happen" with the fifth and final aspect which is overcoming temptation.
Jesus was the only person who ever overcame all temptation. Though constantly allured by Satan at every step He never at one time yielded. This can be said of no other person. Already we have yielded to the devil's lure many times and will perhaps yield again, and yet we can withstand many of the temptations of the devil if we will lear from Jesus how He overcame temptation. There were three weapons which Jesus used to crush the head of the tempter. A more frequent use of these same three weapons will stand us in good stead as we face this archenemy of our souls.
The first is prayer. Christ stayed close to His Heavenly Father through the avenue of prayer. We are told on a number of occasions how He would go aside for long seasons of communion with the Father. Many times He would tarry all night. If Jesus needed the strength of prayer, how much more do we need it!
The second weapon is knowledge and use of the Scripture. In every case Jesus answered the devil by quoting a passage of Scripture. Doubtless Jesus spent many hours during those silent thirty years in the study of the Scriptures. He was familiar with them. A knowledge of the Word of God is always a powerful weapon in fighting off the temptations of Satan. Many Christian people do not realize how important it is to study the Word of God. Our ignorance of Scripture is not only embarrassing, it is also a serious contributing factor in our inability to withstand temptation. The Psalmist understood this when he said, "Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee." (Ps.) 119:11).
A man may be a Christian with little Bible knowledge, but he cannot be a strong Christian without an increasingly familiar acquaintance with the Word of God. It is no wonder that so many Christians are impotent in the face of trial; they do not have the Word of God in their head and in their hearts. Jesus found a most effective weapon in facing the devil with " It is written." The Apostle Paul expresses the testimony of the experience of Jesus in this statement: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (11 Tim 3: 16-17)
The third weapon is the leadership of the Holy Spirit. A secret of the perfect life of our Lord is found in the fact that He was completely submissive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Even in the hour of His testing we are told that "He was led up of the Spirit". Later on Jesus summed it uo by saying, "I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And He sent me and is with me: The Father hath not left me along; for I do always those things that pleases Him." (John 8:29-30) . From beginning to end Jesus was completely submissive to the will of His Father through the Holy Spirit's leadership.
Since not one person has lived without yielding to temptation and thus to sin, we must depend for our salvation, not upon ourselves or our own strength, but upon Him who did conquer all temptation and because of this He was able to take our place and become our Atonement for Sin. The Sinless Son of God became sin for us that we might not have to suffer the consequences of sin and a sinful live.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor