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"Yet Without Sin"
by Wayne Blank
There is absolutely no doubt that Jesus Christ never sinned. But, some have wondered if He could He have sinned. After all, He was a normal (see What Did Jesus Look Like?) flesh and blood human - the gory brutality inflicted upon Him at His crucifixion is undeniable proof of that (see The Fateful Night and How Did Jesus Christ Die?).
The verses in the opening paragraph, while stating clearly that Jesus never sinned, also say that He can "sympathize with our weaknesses" and "in every respect has been tempted as we are." Can someone be tempted to do something that's impossible for them to do?
The "temptation of Christ" was not a farce - it was for real. Satan didn't try to get Jesus to sin because he knew that it wasn't possible, but because he knew that it was possible. The Messiah was tempted, truly tempted, but did not sin. He did for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Go Ahead, Jump!
"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward He was hungry. And the tempter [see That Old Serpent] came and said to Him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread."
Fact Finder: During the "temptation of Christ," did Satan, in an attempt to misuse them for his own evil purposes, actually quote verses from the Psalms to Jesus Christ?