Scripture Reading – Hebrews chapters 3-4
“For we have not a High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” – Hebrews 4:15
Today’s Radio Program
He knows us
Benjamin, my youngest son, spent his summer as a counselor this last year before heading off to Bible college. On the way home, we talked about the many things the Lord had done during the summer in his life and mine. One discussion was centered around our ability to relate to our brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of their age, and share a testimony of what God was doing in our lives. Testimonies are very powerful tools in the lives of believers. Paul shared of his miraculous conversion as a means to explain the changes God made in His life. You and I have the ability to do the same when we share of God’s awesome power to change us.
People need to know that our God is not so far removed from His creation that He cannot relate. Our verse in Hebrews, and more so in the Gospels, give an account of God’s interactions with mankind and the world we live in. So often in our messages and discussion we hone in on the ever important truth of God’s deity. This truth should be emphasized, especially in light of the many cults which pervade our world. Jesus, however, was not only God. Scripture both demonstrates and records His humanity. Jesus was “…in all points tempted as we..” His flesh was tempted yet did not succumb to the temptation because He was without the sin nature you and I are plagued with.
Some may ask, “How could Jesus truly know what we go through if He did not have a sin nature?” Honestly, it is an excellent question which sadly many pastors and Bible teachers alike tend to avoid. I try and explain this using the illustration of a sponge. Imagine we had two sponges, one was dry and compressed, the other saturated and large. The sponge that is saturated cannot take on any more water, it is already full. It is indeed a sponge, but it has already been filled. The dry sponge has been cut off from the water supply; in this case it is living water. There are however two sources of water. There is bitter water on one side, and living on the other. The sponge has to “decide” from which it will draw. Jesus was like the sponge saturated with the Word – for He was the living Word. You and I have been cut off from the living water due to sin. We are dried and cracked. Jesus, however wants to come and saturate us with His Word and Spirit!
One might say then, that we are different. Yes, we are not the God-man. But we have a choice with which water we can be satisfied with. We are born, cut off from the living water. But we must not stay there. Instead we must turn to Jesus and be satisfied with Him. Once we are satisfied with Him then the temptations will be much less appealing, for there will be no room for them.