Yes, you’ve read this right. Jesus was tempted to be a homosexual.
But first, this will be very offensive to some of you that still put out those false depictions of what Jesus looked like.
You know. Michael Angelo’s depiction of Christ. It is disturbing for anyone that knows the Bible to see these pictures. Years ago, someone said that by putting a “White” Jesus up it would impose upon Black folk that Jesus is white. Sort of like an additional slave mentality kind of thing.
I go to the south and when you walk into the homes of some black folk, you see these depictions of Jesus, John and Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King.
Am I talking right up in here?
I don’t mind John, Robert, and Martin. But Jesus?
Get rid of that picture. Get rid of that Black Jesus too. Get rid of those pictures. I know that you are not listening to me or the Bible. You’ve spent good money on those pictures and you are going to keep them on your wall. That’s fine for you. It’s not a heaven and hell issue, but is it?
You have fixated in your mind that this is what Jesus looked like. Just close your eyes and act like you are about to pray. Now Who do you see?
A white or a black Jesus.
The sad thing is that in most of these houses, folk don’t do what He said do, and yet, they have a picture, supposedly of what people want you to think He looked like.
No one that knows their Bible will ever put up one of those pictures again. All on FB, you see these white depictions of a sun tanned, slick haired, clean shaven or mustache and trimmed beard wearing, soft or effeminate looking Jesus.
I say again, that the way some people live, most of them will do things regardless of what the Bible says. That tells me that Jesus is your Savior, but He is not your Lord. There is a difference. There are those that call Him Lord but will not do what He said.
Jesus is a symbolical Lord to you and not really Lord over you. If He is your Lord, you would do what He said.
Why don’t people understand this?
Because it’s religious thinking and not relationship reality.
Note what the Bible says about the depiction of Jesus in Isaiah 53:1-2 (NKJ).
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.”
Listen to another translation…
“My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.”
Yet, in our minds is a fixation and depiction of a beautiful man.
The stained glass windows and pictures painted as murals in our churches point to a Savior. Folks, read Isaiah 53:1-2 and then look at the pictures you have and there is a very big difference in what you see and what your Bible says. Then why mention this at all? Because take a good look. No one can tell if this person that was used to depict Jesus is homosexual.
However, pictures can mean a thousand things. We are now seeing an attempt to put two Joseph’s up in a nativity scene and the baby Jesus. The far reaching affects of images play a major role in what people think. Just look in your newspapers or go to the Internet. Images drives things.
This leads into the discussion.
Yes, Jesus was tempted to be a homosexual. He was also tempted to be a drug addict. He was tempted to be a fornicator. He was tempted to commit sexual sins. He was tempted to be a robber, a thief, a murderer, a liar. He was tempted in all points like as we were, yet, He didn’t sin.
Hebrews 4:14-15 says…..
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Paul said this in 2 Corinthians 5:21….
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Another translation says this…
“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
Directly after the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil for 40 days. According to Biblical numerology, 40 is the number of testings and trials. During that time of testing, because Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was tempted in all points, this includes the sin of homosexuality.
So the beginning part of verse 15 is even more profound.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses…”
Jesus is not out of touch with your weaknesses. He is not a High Priest who is aloft from what you have experienced or what you are going through. He knows intricately what you are dealing with. The pain of being tempted and falling into sin. He feels you. The pain of relapse after relapse. He feels you. The frustration of obeying the urges and impulses. The mind and the flesh dictating your every move where everything revolves around committing the same sin. He feels your pain.
However, it’s not enough to know that He knows what you are going through. He made every effort to free you from sin. It’s one thing to watch suffering. It’s one thing to know what I am going through but it is a entirely different thing to deliver me from what I am going through.
The rest of Hebrews 4, particularly, verse 16 is the answer.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
What does obtaining mercy have to do with this? The throne of grace is where the Lord offers mercy. We know that when we sin, we need mercy. One person puts mercy like this.
Mercy prevents that which we rightfully deserve.
What do we rightfully deserve? Look at what Paul said in Romans 1…
“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil- mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
This word was given to the Jews and citizens of Rome about the sin of homosexuality. Homosexuality was rampant with all sorts of lewdness and revelry (see Romans 13:12-14). It is no wonder that Paul addressed the vile practices of their day. However, today, this sin is all over the world. The HIV/AIDS rate is through the roof. We all know that it’s a pandemic situation. So much so that the CDC is recommending home testing kits because the statistics show a major underreporting of who is infected.
While billions of dollars is being spent on research to find a cure for AIDS, as commendable it is, we still forget God on His throne of grace.
When we commit sin that is worthy of death, where can we go to obtain mercy? We must go to God. Yet, they won’t because the love of sin and darkness obscures the perfect remedy of all sin. The sacrificial offering of Christ’s body for the sins of the whole world. Yet, they will not come.
The fact that Jesus was tempted with SSA (same sex attraction) is a clear indication that Jesus knows what you are going through. It is a clear reminder that He also knows how to deliver and set free those that are bound. It is just a matter of your will to be delivered or to remain in sin. There are many that approached the Deliverer and had to make serious decisions. Those trapped in the sin of homosexuality walked away from their lovers or they told their lovers that they had to leave.
The fierce battle within to give up the lifestyle is probably the most powerful battles one has to face. For any person caught in Secret Sexual Sins, these battles are more fierce than most people think. The body has to shut down the urges and impulses. Go cold turkey. Experience withdrawal from the pressing desires that were once pleasurable to experience and fulfill. The agony of never having an orgasm in sexual immorality in accordance with your terms of fulfilling the lusts of the mind and flesh, is a feat that few followthrough on.
The subtraction and absence of sex at will. The connectedness experienced with others in the same sex world or in any department in the world of sexual immorality, never to be done any more to please the Lord. It’s a daunting task. The discipline to say “no” during the early stages in deliverance weakens but the strength of God comes right on time to help you suppress the will to sin. The escape made possible by the Holy Spirit, you accept time and time again. You realize that you are serious about walking away because the Holy Spirit reminds you of the temptations Jesus went through to overcome falling into the sin of homosexuality.
Yes, the lusts of the mind and flesh were real to Jesus. That’s why you can depend upon Him to lead all the way to complete victory over the sin of homosexuality, or any Secret Sexual Sins.
Hebrews 2:18 says…..
“For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.”
Hebrews 7:25 says…
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
When you look at the word “intercession” some of us think that it is prayer all of the time. No. Not every time. Jesus literally comes to you and stands in your place. That’s how we are able to bear up under the temptation according to 1 Corinthians 10:13. Jesus stands in front of us when we are tempted to make sure that the enemy doesn’t tempt us beyond our ability to resist. That’s why He saves to the uttermost those that come to God through Him.
In those times of temptation, He saves us from falling, provided we walk away when He tells us to. Walk away to a safe place in Him from temptation.
He knows what you are going through. When you need His help. His aid. He will be there for you to help you overcome temptation.
Won’t you trust Him today?