As Christians today, we sometimes wonder just how Jesus Christ can really understand and be sympathetic with us. We have been taught that Jesus had no sin nature and that being true, how could He feel what we feel? How could he know what my temptations are like? The answer lies in remembering three things. First, we have been rightly taught that Jesus had no sin nature. Second, Jesus is not sympathetic with our sin nature, rather He died for that old sin nature. Third, all testing is ultimately the same, i.e., it is the testing to turn aside from the will of God. It doesn’t make any difference whether the testing comes from within or without. The test is “shall I do the will of God?” Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ, though He had no sin nature, nonetheless knew precisely the testing that we encounter. There is no experience that we face that He does not know. This is true because He was tempted by Satan to turn aside from doing the will of God. That is what is taking place in Matthew 4:1-11.
His sympathy with us rests in the fact that He has been tempted as we have and are tempted. He knows exactly how we feel and He has overcome and been victorious at that very point. That is why the author of Hebrews says that Jesus “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb.4-15b)
What are our temptations this morning? Jesus knows and He is sympathetic . . . He feels what you are feeling. Better yet, He is the son of God and He will help you.
Remember - being tempted isn’t sin. Sin comes when we yield to the temptation.
Jesus knows, cares, is sympathetic and will help us. The hymn writer said it well … There is “Victory in Jesus.”
In the bonds of Calvary’s love,