I once heard a skeptic say that if Jesus really was the Son of God, His sufferings must have been easier to bear. This comment caused me to re-examine the Gospels. While reviewing the incredible things Jesus did and said to accomplish our great salvation, I also noted a number of things Jesus didn’t do that are equally vital to our salvation:
Jesus didn’t demand His own will (Matthew 26:39). He didn’t call down legions of angels to rescue Him (v.53). He didn’t defend Himself or threaten His accusers (27:12-14). He didn’t save Himself (Mark 15:31). He didn’t come down from the cross (v.32). He didn’t stop loving and saving sinners (Luke 23:43).
The fact that Jesus could have done these things intensified His agony and increased the temptation to use His power for His own advantage. But He didn’t. Instead, He used His power for our benefit! This is described in Hebrews 4:15-16. Jesus suffered temptation the same as we do—except that He didn’t sin. So He can “sympathize with our weaknesses” (v.15). Therefore, we can approach His throne of grace boldly and obtain His “help in time of need” (v.16).
Whatever your need is today, Jesus wants you to come and make full use of this privilege.
Though Christ was tempted in all ways,
He did not sin in word or deed;
So now we can approach His throne
For grace to help in time of need. —Sper
Every temptation is an occasion to trust God.