Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
I love to discuss theology. I love to talk about doctrine and beliefs. Good thing – since that is my calling and career. I bet there aren’t too many who love these things.
One of the theological discussions I enjoy surrounds the thought of Jesus’ temptations. It is clear through Scripture that Jesus was temped. Today’s passage says – Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
That Jesus was tempted is not really in question. What seems to be in question is whether Jesus could or could not sin when tempted. Is a temptation a temptation if there is no possible way you could yield to the temptation and sin? That is a significant question.
Whether Jesus could sin or not is cloaked in His nature. Jesus’ nature as the second Adam – was different than our nature for sure. 1 Corinthians 15:45–49 – 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. Continue reading
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
The problem – as I see it – is that the family is under attack. The Capital Newspaper had an article written on 11/18/10 titled – Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete? I will use this article today as we examine marriage in our current culture – less than five years later and it seems to be getting worse rather than better.
Here is a statistic – nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. The article suggests that more people are starting to accept that marriage is not needed to have a family.
I spoke with a schoolteacher. I was told that in their class they were astounded by the number of students that came from a home with divorced parents. It was sad – they said – to see so many from broken homes. Continue reading
10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
The woman was brought before Jesus. She had been caught in adultery – which according to the law – required punishment. They brought the stones with them. They probably circled her or lined up against her. They were an angry mob and they wanted blood.
They brought her before Jesus and wanted Him to tell them to kill her for her sin – according to the law. Instead – if you remember the story well – Jesus began to write on the ground. Might have been sandy soil and he wrote in the sand. Lots of pastors have guessed at what He wrote. Maybe it was the sins of the people who surrounded the woman. Maybe as they peered over His shoulder or walked over to see what He was writing they saw their own sin. Continue reading
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
Telly Savalas – the lollipop sucking TV police officer from Kojak – use to say who loves you baby on his popular show. Positive parenting suggests that we tell our children often that we love them as they grow. I haven’t been in my granddaughter’s presence even once without telling her that her pop loves her. We’re told by many experts that self-esteem is important to a child’s development. Most of us can attest to what a positive or negative workplace can do for our attitude.
Yet here we are – with the very words of Jesus – informing us that the world will hate us – if the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. What does Jesus mean by this statement? What kind of warning are we getting? It is such a clear statement that John repeats it in his epistle – 1 John 3:13 – Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.