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September
1
2019

Jesus tempted to save himself

Jesus tempted to save himself

Temptation comes in many forms and sometimes it happens when we least expect it.  Please read Matthew 27:32-44.  While Jesus is being crucified on the cross, he faced his greatest temptation, that is to save himself from death.  In Matthew 1:21 the angel assigned his name to be Jesus for he will save his people from their sins.  In order for him to fulfill his assignment, he has to put into practice the lesson that he teaches in Matthew 16:24-28 about taking up your cross and following him.  He teaches in verse 25: “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Jesus follows his Father’s instructions fully, so that salvation for us would be accomplished.  Satan tempted while on the cross, through the people who do not believe him to be the Christ. Jesus refused the wine mixed with myrrh that makes it bitter because this would have clouded his mind and numbed his senses.  He needed to have a clear mind to accomplish the assignment that his Father had given him.  Jesus was tempted three times to save himself.  Jesus was tempted when the crowd blasphemed him. They were speaking against God and in Jesus in such a way that they were doubting his ability to do what he said he could do.  Jesus was tempted a second time when the chief priest, elders and scribes came by and mocked him just as the Roman soldiers did. For them, seeing is believing.  Truth be told many of them had seen some of the works of Jesus that testified that he is the Son of God and they didn’t believe. Jesus was tempted a third time when the thieves reviled him. They hurled abusive speech at Jesus, until one of them according to Luke’s Gospel came under conviction for sin and asked Jesus to remember him. Jesus was hung on a cross between two thieves is interesting because Saint Augustine makes a spiritual insight that we need to ponder upon. The cross is the tribunal of Christ.  He shows what he is about to do to the quick and the dead. If Jesus had gotten down from the cross, he wouldn’t have completed the assignment that his Father had given him to do. That is save his people from their sin.  Jesus resisted temptation to the point of death, so that humanity is without excuse on the day of judgment. He will save those who call upon him, trust in him, and obey him not only from sin but also from temptation to sin. Paul wrote this: No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.  (1 Corinthians 10:12-13) Call upon Jesus when you are being tempted.

 

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