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I know that the Bible says Jesus was tempted with everything we’re tempted with. So did Jesus ever fall in love? Did He ever find a woman He wanted to marry? And if He didn’t, wouldn’t that mean that He really wasn’t tempted the way we are?

Pastor Edmond Answers:

No one’s ever asked me those questions before! Let me deal with your last questions first, because they may be the easiest ones to answer.

The Bible says in Hebrews 4:15 that Jesus was tempted in all points as we are, yet He didn’t sin. So I believe that since the Bible says that Jesus was tempted the way we are, then He really was tempted by the things that tempt us. I’m old-fashioned like that: if the Bible says something, then I believe that it’s true, even if I don’t understand it. For example, who can explain Jesus’ virgin birth? Definitely back then a woman couldn’t have a baby without having sexual intercourse, which automatically made her a nonvirgin. But the Bible says, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son” (Isaiah 7:14). Now, I can’t explain how that happened, but I believe it happened.

So when the Bible says that Jesus was tempted like we are, I believe it means that He was tempted with every kind of temptation that we’re tempted with—not that He was tempted with exactly the same temptations. Some of the temptations that we face weren’t even around then. I mean, Jesus wasn’t tempted to spend too much time playing video games. But I believe that He faced an equivalent temptation—whatever that may have been.

Now, the Bible doesn’t say whether or not a female ever presented a problem for Jesus. It’s quite possible that one did, though. Jesus was probably rather muscular from all His carpentry work, and we know He was a gentle and kind person. So it’s very possible that someone found those qualities attractive. But the Bible doesn’t say anything about Jesus’ love life. And therefore, I don’t feel comfortable saying anything about it either. I just don’t know.

I do know that the devil threw everything he had in his awful arsenal at Jesus. And ironically, I believe that Jesus faced some things that we’ll never have to.

For example, it’s about 9:00 p.m. on a weeknight, and as I’m writing this I’m a little hungry. But while I’m sure there are stones outside my office building, I’m not tempted to turn them into bread—I can’t. Another temptation Christ undoubtedly faced was whether or not to come down off the cross on Calvary. I know that if I’d been the one hanging there, I wouldn’t have been tempted to come down—I wouldn’t have had the power to. But while Jesus had the power to come down off that cross, He overcame the temptation in order to save us. Now, back in heaven, He wants to help us overcome temptation and to “save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him” (Hebrews 7:25).

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By D.C. Edmond. Reprinted with permission from Insight Magazine Online. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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