Psalm of the Day: Psalm 35
Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 21:1-15
Scripture Reading: Luke 4
Let us notice our Lord Jesus Christ's ability to sympathize with those who are tempted. This is a truth that stands out prominently in this passage. Jesus has been really and literally tempted Himself.
It was proper that He who came "to destroy the works of the devil" should begin His own work with a special conflict with Satan. It was proper that the great Shepherd and bishop of souls, should be fitted for His earthly ministry by strong temptation, as well as by the Word of God and prayer. But above all, it was proper that the great High Priest and advocate of sinners should be one who has had personal experience of conflict, and has known what it is to be in the fire. And this was the case with Jesus, It is written that He suffered being tempted." (Hebrews 2:18.) How much He suffered, we cannot tell. But that His pure and spotless nature did suffer intensely we may be sure.
Let all true Christians take comfort in the thought that they have a Friend in Heaven, who can be touched with the feeling of their infirmities. (Hebrews 4:15.) When they pour out their hearts before the throne of grace, and groan under the burdens which daily harass them — there is One making intercession for them, who knows their sorrows. Let us take courage. The Lord Jesus is not an "austere man." He knows what we mean when we complain of temptation, and is both able and willing to give us help.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, thank you that Jesus understands my every weakness and that I can conquer them with his help.
Action Plan: Consider how much you rely on Jesus daily to battle my temptations. What areas do you need to change?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.