Monday, February 18, 2008
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Was Jesus tempted like us?
Some people are of the opinion that Jesus was God(which is true). so he had a special body which didnt have to endure temptations. That is utter rubbish. Jesus was definitely God but he was God with us (Immanuel). He came in flesh. The truth is that Jesus had a flesh just like ours and he was tempted just like us. But he was in such amazing fellowship with God the father that he didnt fall in to Sin. His life was dedicated to doing the Fathers will. This was to set an example for us to follow. Anyone who doesnt acknowledge that Jesus came in the flesh has the spirit of antichrist. Believe it. Its in the bible. (2 John 1:7)Brothers and Sisters if God came in his heavenly Glory and made an attempt to show us the way, we could have easily told him, “Dear Lord, you are God. Of course you are holy but I am a mere mortal. I cannot be holy. That’s why I sin and then shed the blood of bulls and lambs and goats and birds to make atonement for my sins.” That is why he didnt send the Son in all his Glory; rather he sent his Son in human flesh. (Although one day Jesus (Son of Man) will come in all his Glory. That dreadful day will be a day of great judgment.) Why was Jesus sent to earth? He was sent to show us the way. Here is an example. Consider the military. In the Armed Forces, there are two cadres, the Officers and the Men. Officers are gentlemen who are in charge of the men, who command units and are commissioned by the President of India and are charged to Lead the Men into battle. An officer is not someone who is seated in a control room passing orders over the wireless to the men fighting in the battlefield. He is a trained Soldier himself and his physical training is more strenuous than the Men (soldiers) because he should be in a position to command their respect and admiration. The reason being, when an officer gives an order or an instruction for something to be accomplished by a soldier, the soldier should never feel in his mind that his commander is just a good for nothing phoney, who just knows how to pass orders. Rather he/they should accomplish the mission with utmost respect for the Officer. The officer is always leading from the front, he takes charge and is the center point of a platoon. His superiority over the soldiers is not merely because of his rank, but also because he is several notches above the physical and mental standards of the men he is leading. Jesus is superior to us not only because he is God. (The word superior is an understatement, because there is no comparison between Jesus and Us.) But he came here on earth to show us that even as an ordinary man he was able to keep the requirements of the law, that was given to Moses by his Father in heaven. Jesus lived a perfect life under the law even though he was the cornerstone of a much better new covenant. Even though he was so much superior to all everyone else that is the angels and all of Gods creation, he was a made a little lower than angels for a little while so that he would redeem us. Tit 2:14. He had to be human to lead us by his own example and then shed his precious blood in order to redeem us for only someone closely related to us had the right to redeem us.This was the motive behind God sending Jesus among us. Jesus came in the flesh, and kept Gods commands to such perfection so that we have a leader to follow. So when we follow Jesus, we dont have to look for excuses for sinning. We dont have to Sin. We dont have to fall into adultery and then say David comitted adultery. We dont have to be dejected and then say Jeremiah was dejected. We dont have to sin. Our examples are not men but our example is Jesus himself. Lets run the race looking unto Jesus. Jude v 24 states that our Lord Jesus is faithful to keep us from stumbling. Wow! Jesus is so good that he forgives us when we sin, but he also keeps us from sinning. This promise will not even begin to come true in our lives if we dont believe it. So please believe what Jude v 24 promises. Heb 2:14 Jesus shared in our humanity. So that by his death he might destroy him who has power over death – that is the Devil. What is the implication of this statement? In Israelite community there was the concept of a kinsman redeemer. Ruth (3:9; 4:1 – 10) A kin is a close relative. We, our race was in a way sold to the Devil when Eve and Adam sinned by disobeying God. (Although, we are personally responsible for our sins J) In order for Jesus to redeem us from the Devil he had to be our close relative. That is why it is really important to understand that Jesus shared in our humanity. He became like us, so that he could redeem us. Kind of, buy us back in to his kingdom. Because he shared in our humanity he is not ashamed to call us Brothers (and Sisters of course). (Heb 2:11) Dear brothers and sisters, do you want to know how much emphasis does the Holy Spirit place on the humanity of Christ? 2 John 7-8 “Many deceivers who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the Antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.” See the Holy Spirit has warned us that acknowledging Christ as coming in the Flesh is as important as (if not more) acknowledging that he is the Messenger, Immanuel, Son of God. And anyone who doesn’t acknowledge Christ as having come in the flesh is likened to the Antichrist. And it doesn’t stop there, John also states that such a person is in danger of losing his salvation. That is why I encourage you to believe what the Bible says and approach the throne of God with great confidence through our Lord Jesus. OK we have established that Jesus came in the flesh and shared our humanity. Then Hebrew 2:18 goes on to say that he himself suffered when he was tempted. What? Did Jesus get tempted? Did he suffer when he was tempted? Yes! The Bible says so. In fact the bible even goes to say that Jesus suffered unto death when he was tempted. Do you understand the implication of that verse. Jesus would have preferred to die than to sin. He would have preferred to die than to even have sinful thoughts because that would hurt the Father. Praise God. Is it so with us? I hope it is. We are called to be a holy nation; a royal priesthood. We must not give in to temptation. All we have to do is look un to Jesus and we will defeat the sinful desires before they take form in us. Amen.See our God is an awesome God. He has given an example for us in Jesus in that during temptation we don’t sin. We just need to run the race looking unto Jesus. How do we do that? We need to keep asking ourselves; What would our Daddy Jesus do when confronted with such a situation? What would our Brother Jesus do if he were in my place? What would our friend Jesus do if he were facing this problem? And the moment we ask ourselves these questions, the Holy Spirit, who is the counselor, guides us in truth and leads us in to doing the things that God wants us to do. When we are tempted, we don’t have to sin, because we are not helpless. We have Jesus, and he came to save us from our sins. (Mathew 1:21. The very first promise in the New Testament)
We have the right to say “Lord! Save Me.” (Mathew 14:30) When we are surrounded by Sin and look up to God, he gives us the power to come against the evil one. There are so many occasions where Jesus was tempted not to do the will of the father. Before his baptism (John hinted that Jesus didn’t need to get baptized by him), after his baptism by the devil in the wilderness, when Peter rebuked him, On the Mount of Olives when he prayed that the Cup be taken away from him. But each time Jesus went to the Father in much prayer and overcame the temptation to do the will of the Father. Jesus showed us the way for the times when temptation surrounds us; that we don’t have to give in to temptation. Rather we need to approach the throne of grace and receive the power of God to overcome the temptations and gain victory over our Sins. We are victors in Christ. Alleluia!
-- Mat 25:41 Shows us the fire/hell prepared for the devil and his angels. Satan and his angels will burn in hell.
-- Isaiah 24:21-22 Satan and his dominion is destroyed.
-- Rev 20:10 The devil is cast into the lake of fire and brimstone (where the beast and the false prophet are) to be tormented for ever and ever.
-- Mat 12:26 Jesus clearly demonstrated (Not that he had to prove it) that he performed miracles by the power of God and not the devil.
-- Mat 16:23 Satan is a stumbling block to Jesus. Brothers are not stumbling blocks to each other.
-- Mark 4:15 Satan separates us from God by taking away his word from us. Jesus is the word of God, the word made flesh now who draws us near to God.
-- Luke 10:18 Jesus has already seen Satan fall like lightening in the heavenlies. Alleluia!
-- Isaiah 14:12-15 Satan is brought down low because of the sin of trying to be God.
-- Genesis 3:14-15 God cursed Satan and put enmity between him and Jesus (Eves seed). Jesus and Satan are not brothers becasue if they were then God would not put enmity between his two sons for he is a Holy God not some wicked person.
Did Jesus come to India?
Was Jesus Married?
Here is the truth,We, The Church, are part of the bride of Christ. Praise God.
And here is the revelation, Jude v 24 says that it is Jesus who presents us without fault, in his glorious presence, with great Joy.
My dear brothers and sisters, We the Church, are part of the Bride of Christ, which is New Jerusalem, and we are presented perfect in the eyes of God, because of Jesus. Here is the truth; Our dear lord was on a mission to accomplish the Fathers will. The Fathers will was to crush him (Isaiah 53:10) so that our iniquities could be forgiven when we believe in his Son. Getting married here on earth was not a part of his mission. The great marriage between Christ and his bride (New Jerusalem) will happen in an appointed time that we can pray for, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done.” (The marriage will happen before hsi millenial reign). That day will be a day of great rejoicing for the bride of Christ and a day of weeping and gnashing of teeth for the cults because that day they will find out who the real bride of Christ is. Amen.