Did Jesus Experience Temptation Like We Do?

Did Jesus struggle with the same day to day temptation that we, as Christians, face on a daily basis? If so, in what ways was his experience similar or different? Exploring such a question can be difficult to navigate. As Christians who affirm the Chalcedonian creed (A.D. 451), we believe that Jesus is both truly God and truly man, bound together in the hypostatic union of his person. Scripture also affirms the paradoxical claim that Jesus was "both impeccable and temptable."[1] These truths create a number of tensions. On one hand, Jesus is truly God, and thus could not be tempted (James 1:13). On the other hand, Jesus is truly human and so could (and did) suffer temptation (Matthew 4:1-11). How could Jesus, as the God-man, both be immune to temptation but yet have clear evidence that [Read more...]