Tempted In Every Way

Yesterday, I ended the message as a downer for those of you who refuse to accept the offer Yahweh has given you. However, for those who joyfully embrace the reality of Yeshua, the author of Hebrews describes Him for us:

We need to hold on to our declaration of faith: We have a superior chief priest who has gone through the heavens. That person is Yeshua, the Son of God. We have a chief priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way that we are, but he didn’t sin (Hebrews 4:14-15)

All of us know that our God is spirit. An entity we can never even begin to fathom. In the Scriptures, He has “appeared” as a burning bush, as a disembodied voice, as brilliant jewels. John saw Him and wrote:

Instantly, I came under the Spirit’s power. I saw a throne in heaven, and someone was sitting on it. The one sitting there looked like gray quartz and red quartz. There was a rainbow around the throne which looked like an emerald.

Around that throne were 24 other thrones, and on these thrones sat 24 leaders wearing white clothes. They had gold crowns on their heads. Lightning, noise, and thunder came from the throne. Seven flaming torches were burning in front of the throne. These are the seven spirits of God.

In front of the throne, there was something like a sea of glass as clear as crystal. In the center near the throne and around the throne were four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like a young bull, the third had a face like a human, and the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and were covered with eyes, inside and out. Without stopping day or night they were singing,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
    who was, who is, and who is coming.” (Revelation 4:2-8)

Go ahead and try to imagine that! Even Daniel tried to described Him:

I watched until thrones were set up
    and the Ancient One, who has lived for endless years, sat down.
        His clothes were as white as snow
            and the hair on his head was like pure wool.
        His throne was fiery flames,
            and its wheels were burning fire.
10 A river of fire flowed.
    It came from him.
        Thousands and thousands served him.
        Ten thousand times ten thousand were stationed in front of him.
    The court convened,
    and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:9-10)

Yes, these are amazing descriptions, but they are way beyond our understanding. What we have here is a God Who is far beyond what our minute minds can grasp. How do we begin a relationship Him? He is so far beyond us, and we are so small. But this very God, who had originally designed His man, as the Psalmist says, “a little lower than yourself” (Psalm 8:5) understands our limitations that are a result of our sin and rebellion.

So, to resolve our separation from Him, He became a man, with all our limitations, the God-man, Yeshua, Jesus. And He continues to exist as this God-man, as one who can fully relate to me. He has been through life as I am living it and is now sitting glorified in heaven as one day I will also be glorified because of Him.

A. W. Tozer wrote:

Now, at this very moment, there is a Man in heaven appearing in the presence of God for us. He is as certainly a man as was Adam or Moses or Paul. He is a man glorified, but His glorification did not dehumanize Him. Today He is a real man, of the race of mankind, bearing our lineaments and dimensions, a visible and audible man whom any other man would recognize instantly as one of us” (The Warfare of the Spirit)

The fact that Yahweh, my blessed Father, would love me enough to not only die for me, but to become what I am, to bridge the gap with His own nature, is amazing. He experienced life as I have experienced it with all the temptations, pains, and tribulations. He was hungry, tired, stressed, and betrayed. He has experienced it all and fully understands what I am going through now. Not only that, but having experienced what I have experienced, He was able to persevere through it without sin, providing me with a role model. When He was persecuted, He forgave. When He was alone, He looked to the needs of others. When He was tired, He secluded Himself in prayer. His life alone is all that I need to learn how to live to please our Father. He is indeed my High Priest, my Friend, my brother, and my Savior.

Nickolas

With these Morning Messages, I take you on guided tours to, as Bunyan described, the Celestial City. At times we linger at corners familiar and unseen. And explore the depths of our faith along the way.

The trail is long, but there’s no hurry. Though we do need to stock up on supplies for the way, and that’s where I need your help. If you enjoy these messages, please consider becoming a contributing member of this tour group. It will be very much appreciated.

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