Christ was tempted with more than one trial. He was put to the test with the major temptations that caused Humanity’s fall. He came to overcome exactly to where Adam and Eve failed. Jesus had come to disprove Satan’s claim on our world.
1-The test of appetite: “Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread” (Luke 4:2-4)
2-The love of the world: “and the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine” (Luke 4:6,7).
3-The love of display which leads to presumption: “And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee” (Luke 4:9-10).
Our Lord experienced the full weight of every conceivable temptation the “prince of this world” (John 12:31) could press upon Him, but without in the least degree, even by a thought, responding to any of them (John 14:30).
Therefore, the Bible gives us the hope, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15,16).
Because of Jesus’ victory over sin, we too may have victory over it (Rom. 8:1–4). In Him we can be “more than conquerors” (Rom. 8:37), for God “giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57), over both sin and its wages, death (Gal. 2:20).
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