“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Sometimes when I think about Jesus, I tend to forget that He was not only fully God, but He was also fully man. In His humanity, we can know that Jesus would have emotionally suffered as He dealt with sadness, anger, frustration, and feeling deserted and alone. I think about Him emotionally suffering as He sat in Caiaphas’s house…bleeding in the darkness… isolated in that pit.
That’s what was taking place the night before He was crucified. It wasn’t uncommon for the guards above to hear prisoners cursing and swearing, making threats because the pit of condemnation and this place of hopelessness had a tendency of bringing out the worst of a man’s emotions.
Yes, this pit of condemnation was a solitary place where prisoners were physically confined. But it was also a suffering place where prisoners were emotionally distraught.
Think about the hopelessness experienced in that pit. Think about the tears that were shed and the sorrow that was felt. I’m confident that Jesus physically suffered in this place. After all, who wouldn’t after being beaten, slapped, and spat upon? But I don’t believe it was the physical suffering that hurt Him worst. I believe it was the emotional suffering of knowing what was coming.
Have you ever become frustrated at God? You face some type of temptation or difficulty, and you just don’t understand. He is perfect, so He couldn’t possibly know what you are going through, right? Well, Jesus does…because Jesus did.
Jesus faced the real emotions that we face today. Yes, He was fully God, but He was also fully human. He experienced it all. 1 Corinthians 10:13 reminds us that even Jesus faced the temptations of this world.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Not only does He understand you, but He is with you now. Jesus knows the difficulty and trials of this earth. But take heart! He has overcome the world!