The Real Temptation of Christ

Posted: September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
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“Ye are they which have continued with Me in My temptations.” (Luke 22:28)

From the 40 days in the wilderness through the prayer in the Garden, the real temptation that was constantly before Jesus was to avoid or bypass the cross. It even came to a head in Matthew 16 when Jesus looked at Peter and said, “Get behind me Satan.” That came because Peter said, no you won’t go and die.

It is amazing in the American church how carefully we avoid the cross. Over and over in the Gospels Jesus placed before “would-be” followers the cost of discipleship. Many left sad and never followed again. Jesus did not chase them.

He said, “If anyone would come after me (meaning it is an open invitation to all), let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. (You can follow, but you have to go by way of a cross. Your cross.)
We make all kinds of excuses, and we act like Jesus will make an exception in our case.

God loves us unconditionally.He has made a way for us to come to Him. But it is only through Jesus Christ. And to follow Jesus we must take up our cross. Are you still struggling with the temptations of the flesh, or have you come to share the temptations of Christ to bypass the cross.

Do you know the fellowship of His sufferings? Are you willing to put it all on the altar of surrender today? Will you take up your cross and follow Jesus? No matter what the cost?


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