The Temptations: A singing group from the 60’s & 70’s or the Real World?

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15

If we want to understand the foundations of music history in America, The Temptations are some of the roots to modern American Pop, Soul and Hip Hop music. They were not recognized, at that time, for their cutting edge use of lyrics, music construction, harmonies and beats, though their influence changed the way music feels and sounds, across a wide spectrum of musical genres. If you want to understand the foundations of our humanity and the uniqueness of choice for our mortal soul, Jesus is the key to unlocking that mystery. I know you are wondering: “What in the world does Jesus and this music group have in common?” The answer is: the temptations.

It amazes me that this aspect of Jesus’ life is taught and preached so infrequently and one of the areas least considered by theologians and everyday disciples of Jesus. It’s a stumbling block for most because to accept it as reality, impugns our commitment to imitate Jesus, to die to our sinful nature and choose righteousness. Acceptance declares we have no legitimate excuse, because Jesus’ pure humanity, without sinning, means we don’t have to choose sin either. Just as Jesus wiped away all of our sins in baptism he also wiped away all of our excuses for choosing sinful thoughts or actions.

I admit, I like to have an excuse when something goes wrong or I have chosen wrong, or simply made a mistaken choice. Probably 99% of the world feels the same way. I left out the 1% that are infants or young children who don’t understand that concept yet! Though the overwhelming majority of humanity would like it to be otherwise, Jesus’ way, truth and life encourage us to get back to being the innocent 1%…to become like the child we once were: carefree, learning, not worried about mistakes because they are loved and protected, nurtured and guided (1Pet 5:7, Matt. 6:34, Phil. 4:6-8) as our Father has promised us. Jesus’ perfection should bring us humility, which submits to God’s power, not fear or anxiety of becoming perfect, but an absolute surrender to accept His love.

Copyright 2015 TwoHills Dood

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