The Temptation of Jesus isn’t going to be what you might be thinking it’s about. I’ve posted a page on here somewhere about the Lord Jesus being tempted in the wilderness, so we don’t need to cover those amazing sequences of events in this article.
Something hit me while looking at a pic I found on the internet. Out of all the temptations that he went through in life, nothing could compare with the temptation he suffered throughout the whole ordeal that led to his death on the cross.
Psalm 22 gives a slight glimpse into what Jesus was dealing with on the cross, the torment and suffering involved (I believe) goes well beyond what we can read. He was poured out like water, his bones were out of joint, his hands and feet pierced, bones sticking out, complete anguish. Psalms 22 gives a pretty clear picture, which by the way, Jesus pointed to while on the cross. That’s clear in the first sentence of the chapter.
Now where is the temptation of Jesus in all this? Well, don’t forget who we’re talking about here. Jesus said himself:
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
A Supernatural Truth:Jesus was and is no wimp.
He knew that with a word, he could have had freedom, healing, help on a Biblical scale, etc.. It would have been the easiest thing for him to do in the world, to stop taking the abuse and torture and lay his enemies out like a volcanic blast, but he didn’t. He took it all right unto death.
Meekness is not Weakness
So was it weakness that kept Jesus on the cross? Not even close. How much restraint do you think it would take for someone to go through that kind of ordeal? Or how much physical, mental, and spiritual strength, could it have taken to be willing to NOT take the option to call in from Heaven legions of angels to his aid? It was meekness that got him to the cross which made it able for man to even get their hands on him, and it was nothing less than super restraint and a dedication to the Father and also toward us that we can’t comprehend, carried out by strength.
Personally, if anyone even spit on me, I’m not sure that I could resist the temptation of laying my hands on him suddenly. Just being honest. Doesn’t make it right, just being honest, God’s still working on me. Never mind taking a scourging without doing something about it to make it stop if able to do so. I mean, if it was in my power to call down angels from Heaven to slap around the ones scourging till they let me go, I’m sure I wouldn’t be shy about it. Nor would the restraint and power and strength be there as it was with Christ Jesus.
Jesus was meek, certainly not weak. When asked about what meekness may mean, I’d explain it like this… Imagine he who created the universe and everything in it, adorned with glory and in all his greatness, gets up off of his throne, and rolls around on the floor to play with his kids. To me, that’s meekness, and the love of the Father as well.
That same meekness, and that same love, kept Jesus on the cross until death. He was God’s sacrifice on our behalf to wash away our sin, to fulfill the law, to give us all direct access to the Father of all that we can see and all that we can’t. So that when we die, we go directly to Him, but only through Christ Jesus, who by the way, accomplished all kinds of things during those three days spiritually, then rose again on the third day and now sits at the right hand of the Father.
Jesus knew from whence he came and also knew where he was going. But he did it all as a man, filled with the Holy Ghost, which has also been made available to all of us because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. All of it done for our benefit, and to his glory.
To me anyways, this is the temptation of Jesus that best describes his true strength and the integrity of who he is. If you don’t know Jesus personally, what are you waiting for? Get to know him and find out what the Father is like! He loves you and sent his only Son to die in your place. If you would like to invite Jesus into your life, please continue to the Salvation page, where you’ll be led through a quick prayer and maybe learn what it means to be saved.
Don’t wait till later. Later isn’t promised to anyone. I bet you can scan through the obituaries and find out that many in there was expecting to see later, but never had a chance to. Please don’t wait for a better time to be saved. Today is the day, and now is the time for salvation!
Temptation of Jesus Conclusion
I hope that this post has blessed you in some way. Despite popular belief, I don’t create these posts and pages because I feel like I could use some typing practice. If anything, I pray that these posts lead you to dig into God’s Word and seek out the Supernatural Truth in Christ as the Holy Spirit leads you to do so. As far as I’m concerned that’s the entire point behind all of this, and if I can help you learn a thing or two of what the Lord has shown (or has been showing) me along the way, then praise the Lord!
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