Why was Jesus human? Why was he tempted by the devil?
When Jesus came to earth He came as a human to share humanity with us so that we can accept Him and learn from Him. He was born a human baby, grew up a human and shared every emotion we share as human beings.
Imagine for a minute if He came like a God (which He was/is). Imagine if He suddenly appeared like a superman or such other fictional hero. With obvious powers like flying, super strength and so on like we see in the movies. The people of the time would have been in total awe of Him and would have obeyed and followed Him out of fear or wonderment.
Hardly free choice - is it?
So He came as a human. He humbled Himself as a baby born in poverty in a stable. Grew up with the poor and the down and outs - not as a king.
As a human He felt every emotion that we feel. Sadness at the death of Lazarus, pity for the ill and poor, etc ... etc ... Including temptations.
In the desert satan tempted Him: If you are God's Son jump from this temple, turn these stones into bread. Why don't you worship me?
How often does satan tempt us too?
Are there not times when, like a bright light in our head, we ask: Is this all real? Is there really a God out there? Jesus? Life after death? etc ...
I hope these temptations don’t cross our minds too often.
But satan is there; ready to put these and other thoughts in our minds to lead us astray.
The closer we come to God the harder the devil works to lead us away from Him. No point in tempting the un-believers is there?
And that’s why Christ had to be tried by satan. In order to share our experiences, but, most important, to be an example to us all on how to fight back these temptations.
Every time He was tempted Jesus prayed to His Father.
He was tempted again before He was arrested. He asked: Can all this pass me by?
Then, in prayer, He obeyed His Father and said: Not my will, but Yours.
What an example for us all to emulate.
Not my will, but Yours.
Thank you, Victor, for these insightful words and this reminder to pray through temptations.