God Can Relate

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.' "

Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you,' and 'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone,' " Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' "

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! for it is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.' "

Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him. Matthew 4: 1-11 (NRSV)

Sally Hassler is from Indiana. For several years she taught third grade. On the first day of school each year, she would pass around her third-grade class picture and inform her students that she had once sat at one of the small desks, drunk from the little classroom water fountain, and gained knowledge from things written on the old chalkboard. She found it helpful when attempting to put students new to the school at ease. Sally let them know that she could relate to their feelings because she had been "the new kid" in the same classroom.

As Christians, we worship a Savior who can relate to our needs and emotions, Sally finds great comfort in knowing that Jesus understands the human joys and trials we experience.

God sent Jesus to live among us and to set an example for our lives. By reading and studying the Bible, we know Jesus has firsthand knowledge of temptation, hunger, loneliness, disappointment, grief, rejection, and physical pain as well as love, peace, joy, kindness, and contentment. We serve an awesome God full of compassion for us.

Prayer: Dear Lord, how wonderful it is to know that you not only recognize but can relate to our human needs! Help us to convey your empathy and compassion to others, in Jesus' name, amen

Note: By any chance did you take notice while reading this scripture that the devil, Satan, can quote scripture. Can you? If we know the scriptures as well as Satan, we might have an easier time rebuking him as Jesus did. Just a thought!

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