Note: The AMI Quiet Time Devotionals from October 17-23 are provided by Pastor David Kwon of Journey Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Devotional Thought for Today
10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying,
“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”
13 And again,
“I will put my trust in him.”
“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
In the first few chapters of Hebrews, the author paints a picture of the different characteristics of Jesus. He describes Him as superior over angels, Lord of creation, and the great King who is sovereign over all things. He continues this pattern in verse 17, as he tells us how Christ’s perfect communion of the Spirit with the believers makes Him a perfect High Priest. In verse 18, he describes Jesus as helper—specifically in the area of temptation.
What is your greatest temptation? Is it greed, lust, gossip or some other form of idolatry? We have hope because we have a God who not only identifies with us, but also helps us in times of temptation. In 2:18, the author of Hebrews explicitly tells us that Christ suffered when He was tempted. This confirms two things. First, we see that temptations did come to Christ; we worship a God who identifies with us. Second, these temptations were real because He suffered while enduring them. This is what Christian author Russell Moore says about Christ and the temptations we face:
“You will be tempted exactly as Jesus was, because Jesus was being tempted exactly as we are. You will be tempted with consumption, security, and status. You will be tempted to provide for yourself, to protect yourself, and to exalt yourself. And at the core of these three is a common impulse—to cast off the fatherhood of God.” ― Russell D. Moore, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ.
Christ was fully aware of the weight of temptation in ways that we are not, because He endured greater and greater temptations without ever giving in to them. By His grace, He is able to help us when we are tempted. When we rely on His Word, presence, and power, we too can overcome temptations.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the example you show us as the One who faced and overcame temptation. As we rely on your Word and Spirit, help us to overcome the temptations we face daily in our lives. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Philippians 4