In my younger years, I had always read the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness and wondered to myself, was Jesus actually “tempted?” Did He feel the same “tug” of temptation that we feel? Or was it the case that Satan was “tempting” Jesus but Jesus being the Son of God was unable to be tempted with something so mundane as turning stones into bread.
But if Jesus didn’t feel tempted, then what’s the point o f the Bible saying “He was tempted in all ways like us, yet was without sin?” Temptation doesn’t really mean anything unless you really do feel it. So Jesus had to feel that “tug” of temptation. He had to have been truly tempted. So what were the temptations? Were they simply temptations to get Jesus to misuse His power as the Son of God? Or was there something more important behind the actual temptations? What was the temptation Satan was trying to employ against Jesus. Let’s look at the first temptation just for starters.
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (Mat 4:3)
What would have been sinful about Jesus turning stones into bread? Is there anything inherently wrong with that? What was Satan’s real motivation?