Like As We Are

Michael Beck

“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. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15,16)

As a man, Jesus felt all we feel – bodily and emotionally. The Gnostics deemed the body evil. The Stoics believed likewise of the emotions. What we feel, in our body and soul, are sources of temptation, and can lead to sin; but they are not, in and of themselves, evil.

Jesus took upon Himself the nature of man. Though God, He became fully human. If He didn’t become fully man, He wouldn’t be able to help us in all points. If He didn’t possess a body like ours, He wouldn’t be able to help us when we’re tempted in our body. If He didn’t possess emotions as we do, He wouldn’t be able to help us when we’re tempted in our soul. But because He faced all we face, without succumbing to sin, He can help us do the same.

Don’t become frightened by the temptations you feel. You have a great Savior who felt what you feel. He knows how to help you overcome in your time of need.

“For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” (Hebrews 2:18)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.