Today’s Scripture: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

In this three part devotional series, I am reading a verse from “Tell me the story of Jesus” by Fanny Crosby and then telling you that part of the story. Here is the second verse.

Fasting alone in the desert,
Tell of the days that are past.
How for our sins He was tempted,
Yet was triumphant at last.
Tell of the years of His labor,
Tell of the sorrow He bore.
He was despised and afflicted,
Homeless, rejected and poor.

Christ had fasted for forty days. I’m sure very hungry, physically weak, and as Satan thought, most vulnerable to temptation. He, however, was God, and He showed us how to defeat temptation. He relied on the Word of God!

Jesus had a very demanding ministry with early mornings, teaching all day, and still making time to disciple His twelve closest followers. He would constantly be accused by His enemies, yet He never hated them. He rebuked them, but always with a heart of love that would cause Him to die for His enemies.

He was despised by the religious, rejected by His people, betrayed by His friend, homeless, and had to catch a fish to pay His taxes. Yet, He never once committed a sin of omission. He didn’t do anything even in the appearance of evil, and He never skipped something He was supposed to do. He did everything He came down to earth to do.

We have the greatest example as our best friend. Peers affect each other. They turn out like each other. So if we spend time with Christ as much as we ought, then we will turn out more like Christ. We will use Scripture to avoid falling into temptation, we will love our enemies, and we will not skip a job we ought to do for Christ.

If you want that to be said about you, take the first step now; spend time with Christ.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.