Did Jesus ever struggle with temptation? Absolutely. Jesus was tempted in ‘every way’ (Hebrews 4v15) but one was especially hard for him to resist: was it sex, money, drinking, smoking weed?
I think it was taking the easy way out: in the desert with the devil (Matthew 4v8-11), hearing Peter say no to the cross (Mark 8v33) and in the garden (Luke 22v39-44) Jesus really wanted to avoid the cross. But he chose the hard path – the only way to deal with sin.
Being prepared to say no to the easy life teaches obedience, brings maturity and strips away all the fat that weighs us down. Not many choose it. We’re celebrating the life of a man who refused the easy path this week.