Tempted but without Sin

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Hebrews 4:15

The reason why Jesus is the perfect scapegoat is because no defects. As a man, Jesus was the only human being on earth without sin. Besides Him, the rest of mankind, no other exception, has sin in greater or lesser extent. But the greatness of Jesus is not limited to having lived as a man on this earth without committing any sin. He, like all human beings, suffered the same temptations; but he never succumbed to any of them.

Although the full humanity accepts the calendar that divides the history between before and after Christ, there are millions of people in the world who ignore who He is and among the millions of people who do not know who Jesus Christ is, many mention everyday His name; but only follow mere religious traditions without putting meditate on His person and what He did for the whole human race.

The British preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) said: “Jesus says, ‘I have finished the work You gave me to do,’ is already made; it is complete. Therefore, we preach a completed salvation. No we have left us nothing else to do, but only receive it; there is nothing we have to add; no good deed nor any merit we have to provide. Everything is in Christ and Christ alone.” These wise words are so clear that they do not need any comment.

The work that Jesus Christ came to this world to do was to take the place of sinful humanity and pay the price for their transgressions. American pastor Charles F. Stanley (1932- ) says: “To us be free had to pay a price. But to who? Jesus did not pay the devil; He paid the price that God required to satisfy His holy justice.” All mankind has sinned against God and the wages of sin is death. There is no single human being with the requirements to fully pay the debt we owe to God. Only the Lamb without blemish or sin, Jesus fulfills them.

We must see Jesus Christ as it is, the only one able to save us from certain doom because of our sins. The American pastor John MacArthur (1939- ) said: “Following Christ is not from you or me. Being a Christian does not have to do with us, it does not have to do with our self-esteem. It is about being sick of our sin and despair for forgiveness. It is to see Christ as the invaluable Savior.” What Jesus has done for us what we can never overcome, no matter what we do for Him.

As I said earlier, there are many people who speak of Jesus Christ and don’t know who He really is. There is no comparison with anyone else. Pretender put a different basis for our salvation is disrespecting the same God and that’s called sin. English preacher John Charles Ryle (1846-1900) said: “To say that the Virgin Mary, or anyone else, can feel more compassion for us that Christ is ignorance and no less than blasphemy.”

To understand clearly who is Jesus Christ, remember the words of John the Baptist written in John 1:29: The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” God bless you.

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