Hebrews 4:15 reads: “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.” (emphasis added.)
As I meditate on this Scripture, I can’t help but wonder how things would have been much different for us if we had a God who was just like us.
If Jesus had given in to the temptation every time He was tempted to sin, the world would still be hopelessly lost, because no one else was found worthy to die for the sins of the world.
Just think about how often we have been tempted to sin, and how often we have actually given in to the temptation. Temptation is all around us, and it can be very hard to resist at times.
And God understands that we are often tempted, but He says in His word that with the temptation He has also made a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).
So, each time we are tempted to sin, God has provided an open door giving us a way out of the temptation. It is up to us to accept this plan of escape, or to decide to stay there and flirt with the temptation.
If we choose to stay, we should know that the longer we stay the harder it would be for us to flee the temptation. We should not knowingly put ourselves in a situation that we know would be hard for us to resist.
Jesus, being tempted, never gave into the temptation. I’m sure His times of prayer and fellowship with the Father gave Him the strength He needed to complete His earthly mission, keeping His record spotless and sin-free.
We also need to stay connected to God. We should not believe that we can live as Christians on this earth and not remain connected to the Father.
God gives us our assignment and the grace and strength we need to carry it out. It is this connection to the true vine that keeps us alive in Him. We die when we cut ourselves off from the vine.
We should be thankful that we have a High Priest who rose above sin — He conquered it — in order to give us a hope and a future. The blood Jesus shed on Calvary’s cross was sinless blood.
He was an innocent man when He died, and yet He died so that you and I might live. And if Jesus could rise above sin, that means that there is hope for you and I; we can also rise above sin, not giving into every whim and craving of the flesh.
We should never forget the sacrifice that was made for us. And, we should not become sad to discover that our lives are meant to be lived sacrificially.
There will be times that we will have to sacrifice some things that we hold dear, or give up some temporary earthly pleasures in order to gain eternal life.
We are not called to a life of sin; we have been called to live a life of obedience and service to God. Jesus lived a sacrificial life; so should we.