May Overcome As Christ Overcame
was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Heb. 4:15.
at an infinite cost, by a painful process, mysterious to angels as well as
to men, assumed humanity. Hiding His divinity, laying aside His glory, He
was born a babe in Bethlehem. In human flesh He lived the law of God, that
He might condemn sin in the flesh, and bear witness to heavenly intelligences
that the law was ordained to life and to ensure the happiness, peace, and
eternal good of all who obey. . . .
is the mystery of godliness, that One equal with the Father should clothe
His divinity with humanity, and laying aside all the glory of His office as
Commander in heaven, [should] descend step after step in the path of humiliation,
enduring severe and still more severe abasement. Sinless and undefiled, He
stood in the judgment hall, to be tried, to have His case investigated and
pronounced upon by the very nation He had delivered from slavery. The Lord
of glory was rejected and condemned, yea, spat upon. With contempt for what
they regarded as His pretentious claims, men smote Him in the face. . . .
pronounced Christ innocent, declaring that he found no fault in Him. Yet to
please the Jews, he commanded Him to be scourged and then delivered Him up,
bruised and bleeding, to suffer the cruel death of crucifixion. The Majesty
of heaven was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and amid scoffing and jeers,
ridicule and false accusation, He was nailed to the cross. The crowd, in whose
hearts humanity seemed to be dead, sought to aggravate the cruel sufferings
of the Son of God by their revilings. But as a sheep before His shearers is
dumb, so He opened not His mouth. He was giving His life for the life of the
world, that all who believed in Him should not perish. . . .
bore the sins of the whole world. He endured our punishment—the wrath
of God against transgression. His trial involved the fierce temptation of
thinking that He was forsaken by God. His soul was tortured by the pressure
of a horror of great darkness. . . . He could not have been tempted in all
points like as man is tempted had there been no possibility of His failing.
He was a free agent, placed on probation, as was Adam and as is man. Unless
there is a possibility of yielding, temptation is no temptation. Temptation
comes and is resisted when man is powerfully influenced to do a wrong action,
and knowing that he can do it, resists by faith, with a firm hold upon divine
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 259.