“For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin.” Heb.4:15
In Hebrews, we are encouraged that Jesus was tempted in every way we are and yet was without sin. In the beginning of Luke chapter 4, we see the evidence of this temptation. You may be struggling to see how the temptations Jesus faced are the same temptations you face today. I doubt you are reading this while thinking about turning a piece of your landscaping into an afternoon snack.
I wonder though, do you typically feel tempted when you are most vulnerable? Have you ever been tempted to put convenience, wealth, or power ahead of God? Have you ever heard a small voice in your head trying to twist scripture to justify your sin? I would bet most, if not all of our sins fall under one of those categories. These are the exact temptations Jesus faced when the devil met him in the wilderness. Jesus was vulnerable to being tempted for food because he hadn’t eaten for 40 days. Jesus was offered the power of the entire earth. Jesus was challenged to test God by the devil twisting scripture.
This can be so encouraging for us as followers of Jesus. He overcame and so can we. He was tempted in the same ways we are and is our perfect example. We will be tempted, but we can overcome!
— Jake Ikerd