“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”Hebrews 2:17-18
I went to the same church from the time I was born until I was 18 years old. I know many would think that this is a wonderful thing, but I had my reservations. I loved my church until I hit my high school years. I grew rebellious and I did not care for my youth pastor. I loved him when I was a kid as he was my pastor’s son, but as I grew older, I did not see him in quite the same way. The gall he had to correct me on my wrong doings and the nerve he had to preach at me. I could not relate to him at all, and we seemed to butt heads at every turn.
I felt in a lot of instances he did not understand who I was nor did I think he took the time to get to know me. We seemed to always be at odds, and I would cringe when he would approach me. He seemed to always catch me in my worst moments, and I couldn’t buy a break. In my junior year, we had a youth worker join the ranks who grew up in the church and was someone I could relate to. I went forward at camp and I poured my heart out to him. I shared with him my sinful life, and he told me he struggled as well as a teenager. I was shocked that he struggled like I did, but I instantly bonded with him. He gave me his pager number, and told me to page him anytime I was tempted or struggling. I was impressed and amazed at the same time. I met someone who struggled like me but someone who was also walking with God. I knew I was not hopeless, and I felt like he knew what it was like to walk in my shoes.
I think of our Savior and the things He endured on this earth. Can you imagine being tempted after forty days with no food and water? Most of us miss breakfast or a meal and became hangry. Can you imagine being spit on and yelled at and have the self-control to say nothing? Can you imagine not ever being offended by those who sought to take your life, knowing they spread rumors about you that were not true? Many of us are quick to defend ourselves even when what was is said rings true. He faced temptations just as we do, but yet He always made the right decision which meant He did not sin. He endured temptation and endured to the end.
He is able to assist and help us in our greatest moment of temptation as He can relate to what it is like to be tempted. He can relate to full reliance on the Father to help Him through any temptation. Jesus did not rely on His own self-control, but was fully dependent on the Father. He did not make excuses for giving into sin, but was tempted like we are yet without sin.
What about you friend? Are you giving in to temptation or are you relying on the Father? Have you forgotten that He can relate to being tempted? Have you forgotten that He was tempted in all points, but yet without sin? Do you make excuses for your choices or are you asking the One who was tempted to help you? We have no victory without Him, but in Him we can do all do things He has called us to do. Will you try to endure temptation on your own or will take help from the One who has successfully endured temptation? May we seek refuge in our merciful High Priest, and may we be found faithful to the end.