Imagine a scenario. It couldn’t be true, but just imagine if it could be true.
Imagine there was someone who always lived in quarantine. They had never been exposed to sickness. They always were clean. Nothing dirty ever entered their world.
And then they said, “Oh, I know what it is like to experience sickness.”
We’d just roll our eyes and just walk away.
God experiencing temptation is kinda the same thought. How could Someone who lives quarantined from sin know what it is like to be tempted?
This is why God had to come “down to earth.” Jesus had to empathize with temptation.
When the woman caught in adultery was thrown in front of him, he had to fight lust.
When the devil came to him, he had to fight self-provision, self-glorification and walking away from God.
When he was at Gethsemane, he had to fight doing his own will and not sticking with faith all the way to the end.
He knows what it is like to be tempted. Tempted in every single way that we are tempted.
Yet, he never succumb to the temptation.
That’s vital because he knows the way out. When we are faced with the temptation, he can empathize with us with the struggle. Then he can lead us away from the temptation.
Not only can he empathize with temptation, but he can empathize with something that God should never be able to empathize with.
Jesus can empathize with not glorifying himself to a certain position.
He came “down to earth” but never exalted himself to a position. He gave evidence to who he was, but that evidence was built on doing what the Father told him to do.
Jesus allowed his Father to do what he needed to do, when he needed to do it.
This is something we face. The need to glorify ourselves into a position. Jesus knows what it is like to be faced with the need to have a position, but not exalting himself into that position.
As great as empathizing with temptation and self-exaltation is, there is an empathy from God that is even greater than either of those.