[quote=Montie Claunch]But, If Jesus couldn’t sin, Why did Satan tempt Jesus out in the wilderness? Why waste his time? Why not go for someone who could acctually sin? Please help me I am a really trying to figure this out. Thanks and God bless.
Montie, remember that Satan did not know Who the Lord Jesus was. He would have recognized, though, that this was a man “dangerous” to his evil intent and therefore would have done his utmost to foil whatever God’s plans were through this individual (not unlike his temptations of us).
So the Lord experienced “temptation” in a way as we do. But in another way He doesn’t; He was not bent towards sin. He would not have experienced inordinate lust or greed, or gluttony, etc… His trials came from outside though they are experienced inside, e.g., suffering and death. While He has consciousness of being the Son, in His sacred humanity He is able to suffer from forces outside Himself (hunger, thirst, obduracy of others, etc.); and as Man He acquired sensible knowledge, had human emotions and thus could feel sorrow and fear; so He brings what He encounters in His Body to His Father because He is in relation to Him and is the Perfect Man at prayer, submitting His human will (Christ Jesus has two wills, Divine and Human) to the Will of the Father.
Further, realize that it is abnormal for human nature to suffer and die. Our Lord chose to suffer and die. Again, temptation for Him is not exactly the same as for us. The world and the devil would tempt Him from outside, but there was no concupiscence in Him that could pull Him towards sin within His humanity. What He experienced in the Passion is the natural repulsion of the flesh which ought not to die, is not supposed to die, to undergo that separation of body and soul.
Since He was fully human, He would have felt this separation and its preliminaries more than we do. Moreover, He would have felt the abandonment of His Father more than we do (since He was closer to Him than we ever were or could be). It is because He could not sin that when he undergoes this separation of death.