Jesus Understands

Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.(Hebrews 2:17-18)

Immediately after His baptism, Jesus was driven into the wilderness to face the devil for a period of forty days. Some might be tempted to think that because Jesus was the Son of God, the temptations and trials He faced in the wilderness with the devil were easy for Him to overcome. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus robed Himself in the flesh of a man and took upon Himself the frailty of that flesh. The temptations and trials were both real and hard to deal with for even Jesus. Another important factor to remember is that these trials were not unique to Jesus, but within their scope, they encompassed things common to all of us.

A logical question to ask is, “Why did Jesus need to face such temptations and trials?” The answer to this question is pregnant with promise for all of us today. In order to identify with the temptations and trials common to man, Jesus had to be tempted with the same things that face us. Coming successfully through His trials, Jesus emerged as our faithful High Priest. Now in our temptations and trials, we can turn to Jesus and know He fully understands what we are feeling. We can have confidence that He will assist us in  overcoming each temptation and trial that we face. Trusting Jesus to help us will position us to be more than conquerors as we can conquer the sin that is trying to control us.

Jesus understands everything you are experiencing because He has been there Himself. He can be trusted to lead you through your temptations and trials to His victory.

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