For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin.                                                                             Hebrews 4:15 (Christian Standard Bible)

I wrote in yesterday’s blog that Jesus was completely human, having, according to Christian doctrine, “laid aside” his divinity in order to fully experience the human existence. He voluntarily came into a broken creation in order to save it. That was a supreme sacrifice indeed. A mystery to be sure.

I stated that as a human, Jesus made mistakes. He had to learn and grow- he had to experience life like the people he came to serve. While he made mistakes, had to learn things, etc., he did this without sin. So how does that work? How can one be in this world and not sin?

I think the answer is that he was in constant communication with his father in heaven. He never strayed far from his father, and therefore was “in this world, but not of it”, that is, not tainted by it.  

So, the lesson here is that the closer we adhere to our heavenly Father, the less likely we will be corrupted by our surroundings. No, it is not easy, and we will never be perfect at it. But as I have said in other blogs, being “on the right road” is the big deal. Practicing the presence of God in our life is the way that we can stay closer to the path that Jesus trod.

Prayer: Lord, help us to stay close to your presence, Amen

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