Thought of the Day November 12, 2018 Jesus, our deliverer

By 10:19 AM

The temptation in the desert was not the only test of Jesus in his humanity. 
The scriptures conclude this section by saying as a matter of reality “(The tempter)
departed from him for a time”(Lk 4:15). Recall two other times Jesus is tested.
One was through the intervention of Peter, who didn’t want to accept that for
 Jesus to be Messiah he had to suffer and die. “Then Peter took him aside and
 began to rebuke him, ‘God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to
you.’ (Jesus) turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are an
obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do’"(Mt 16:22-23)

Another time was in the Garden of Gethsemani when the reality of his immanent
passion and death became so overwhelming for Jesus. He cried out three different
 times: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but
as you will”(Mt 26:39). From all the test Jesus endured, the author of Hebrews
gives us this faith assurance: “Because he himself was tested through what he suffered,
 he is able to help those who are being tested” (Heb 2:18).

 Paul himself witnessed the faith awareness that Jesus is the one who will deliver us
 at the time of test by the evil one. “We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of
 the affliction that came to us in the province of Asia;  we were utterly weighed down
 beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, we had accepted
 within ourselves the sentence of death,  that we might trust not in ourselves but in
God who raises the dead. He rescued us from such great danger of death, and he
will continue to rescue us; in him we have put our hope (that) he will also rescue us
 again”(2 Cor 1:8-10). (To be continued)

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