“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus understands the power of sin over us because He was tempted with every possible temptation that the “prince of this world” (John 12:31) could put upon Him, but without, even by a thought, yielding to any of them (John 14:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21) ). Throughout His life, Jesus lived a holy and pure life, which was in harmony with the Father’s will (John 8:46; 14:30; 15:10; Heb. 7:26). Satan found nothing in Jesus that responded to his cunning temptations.
And at the cross, He became the “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He “identified Himself with sinners. The guilt of the sins of the world was placed on Him as if it were all His own (Isa. 53:3–6; 1 Peter 2:22–24). Christ took it to Himself in a real sense and felt the horror of separation from God “He was numbered with the transgressors” (Mark 15:28). Still, through all the unimaginable mental anguish and extreme physical pain of the crucifixion, Jesus did not sin.
And because of Christ’s victory over sin, He can help the sinners (Hebrews 2:18). Believers can triumph over the power of sin and experience deliverance: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit… He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1–4).
And now, through Jesus’ suffering, “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37), for God “giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57). We are granted the victory over both sin and its wages, death “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
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