Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
02/14/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 512: Why Was Jesus Tested?
Jesus was tested in the wilderness to show that He was qualified to be king.
He was tested, not to see if He would fail, but to demonstrate that He would not. The test showed that He was God.
Jesus is God; God is morally incapable of sinning. Jesus is 100% God but also 100% human. Jesus as a human desires the things that humans are designed to desire, such as food.
Jesus could not have sinned. But He was physically capable of eating the bread or jumping off the pinnacle of the temple. He was genuinely tempted by real temptations.
He took on flesh: not only a physical body, but also emotions, a conscience, a will for making choices. He could be lonely, angry, hungry, tired. He had desires.
He suffered in the wilderness, but not because He wanted to do what was forbidden. He wanted to what was pleasing to the Father in each choice.
Christ is our mediator before God, the one who intercedes for us with compassion.
Heb.2:17 he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.