My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1
Often we quote these verses from Hebrews but fail to consider their deeper meaning. The writer of Hebrews discovered a truth that revolutionized the way we view temptation. He stated that we now have a Great High Priest who is able to sympathize with all our struggles.
Jewish believers were accustomed to going to the temple to worship. It was there that they approached the priest, who made a sacrifice for their transgressions. Whatever the law required, whether two doves or something else, they would bring as an offering to God. The priest then would sacrifice the animal(s) on behalf of the individual. The animal’s blood became the symbol of atonement.
As the Lamb of God, Jesus became the eternal sacrifice for mankind’s sin. In the Father’s eyes, Jesus’ blood shed at Calvary was sufficient payment for your sin, not just part of it but all of it. He is your Advocate before God’s throne of grace (1 John 2:1). He is able to personally identify with the temptation you face. Although He did not yield to sin, He certainly faced it power.
Temptation is not sin. It is the step before it. The important factor here is that Jesus, being tempted in all ways, did not yield Himself. He knows the intense pressure created by temptation, but He also knows there is a way out. Whatever your struggle, Jesus is aware of it, and He will set you free.
Lord, You know the intense pressure created by temptation. you also know the way out. Show me the way.