TEMPT // LENT D::13
[ READING :: Hebrews 2:5-18 ]
.:: Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. ::.
“Three gospels begin, after all, with an account of Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11 and parallels), and though these abbreviated and stylized accounts can be misread as an apparently rather easy victory, we are no doubt meant to understand that these were severe and prolonged attacks on the very heart of Jesus’s understanding of his own vocation and identity and the character of the kingdom he was called to inaugurate. Successful resistance to temptation may result in an increase in moral muscle, but that’s because one is going to need it; a temptation resisted may become more, not less, fierce, since to give in is to decrease the tension, at least for the moment. That may be the meaning, at least in part, of the following interesting statement in Hebrews 5:7-9.”
-- From After You Believe; Why Christian Character Matters. by N.T. Wright
? Do think about Jesus being tempted often ?
.:: Meditate on Jesus's temptation and consider your heart, mind, and souls response to that ::.