DISCOVERING THE LORD JESUS THE CHRIST “AS HE IS” TODAY PART VI of XIII
By Frank J Manasseri
Jesus Christ Fully Man – Tempted in All Points
Because He was fully human He was subject to temptation in all things and yet was without sin. Some might say that because He had sinless blood, it was easier for Him to resist sin. I believe the opposite of this is true. Sinless blood did not lessen the pressure of His temptation. To the contrary, sinless blood made His temptation all the more intense.
“There is a degree of temptation that we may never experience simply because, no matter what our spirituality, we will succumb before we reach it. But Jesus Christ had no such limitation. Since He was sinless, He took the full extent of all that Satan could throw at Him. He had no shock system, no weakness limit, to turn off temptation at a certain point. Since He never succumbed, He experienced every temptation to the maximum. And He experienced it as a man, as a human being. In every way He was tempted as we are, and more. The only difference was that He never sinned. Therefore, when we come to Jesus Christ we can remember that He knows everything we know, and a great deal that we do not know, about temptation, and testing, and pain ”
MacArthur, John F., The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago: Moody Press) 1983.
During His forty days of fasting in the wilderness, the Lord was being tempted by the devil in three major categories. These include all areas in which all men everywhere are tempted.
Is it possible that being tempted in all points does not necessarily equate to the Lord going through the same daily battles of temptation which we are subject? How could He have been tempted in all points as we are without going through the daily trials and temptations of life? The answer to these questions may be discovered in the accounts of His temptation in the wilderness.
Luke 4:1-13 (KJV)
We find the Lord was being tempted for forty days and yet did not succumb to any of the temptations and sin. The evidence of the manner in which He was tempted is given in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Both Matthew and Luke agree on these three areas of temptation.
In comparing the various accounts of the Lord’s temptation in the wilderness, we find three points or categories.
1. If you are the Son of God command these stones be made bread.
2. If you are the Son of God cast thyself down.
3. Worship me, and I will give you all the power and glory of the world.
These points or categories are delineated in I John 2:16:
I John 2:16 (KJV)
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
In understanding “all that is in the world” we must ask a question. What does the word all indicate here?
Whenever the word all is used, it either means all with distinction or all without exception, and the context generally dictates which definition applies.
In I John 2:16 it is all without exception. The context of this passage deals with loving not the world, neither the things that are in the world…. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father.
The three major points or categories which are not of the Father are:
1. The lust of the flesh.
2. The lust of the eyes.
3. The pride of life.
The following chart may help in understanding how the Lord was tempted in all points or categories:
Under these three points fall “all that is in the world” which is not of the Father. If they are not of the Father they are in the category of sin.
Further evidence that Jesus was not tempted on a daily basis is also found in Luke 4:13
Luke 4:13 (KJV)
When the devil had ended all the temptations, he left Jesus for a season and went away. The Greek word for season here is kairos, which means an opportune point of time at which a thing should be done.
Luke 4:13 (RSV)
These scriptures indicate and are proof that Jesus was not tempted on a day to day basis. The scriptures declare that the devil left Him for a season only to return again at some opportune time.
This now begs the question; “What was this opportune time for the devil to return in order to tempt the Lord Jesus?” Once again let us go to the Word of God to find the answer to this important question.
To be continued. . .