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Temptation and Jesus Christ

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Jesus Christ, like every other human being, knew temptation. However, he never yielded to it. The sinlessness of Christ refers to his obedient refusal to give in to temptation. It does not mean that he did not experience temptation himself.

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The temptation of Jesus Christ

Mark 1:13 ESV
And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
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The temptation to avoid the cross

Matthew 16:21–23 ESV
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
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The temptation to please the crowd

Luke 11:16 ESV
while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven.
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The significance of the temptation of Jesus Christ

Believers can identify with Jesus Christ in his temptation

Hebrews 2:18 ESV
For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Believers can have confidence in the face of temptation

Believers can have confidence in the face of temptation

Hebrews 4:15–16 ESV
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
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