14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin ( NIV)
Much has been and will be written concerning this because many are very unhappy with all the ramifications the ’15 but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are’—yet he did not sin’ ,has, for the man called Jesus.
We tend to want to see God, in his incarnate form completely free from being tempted just like us. Many of us find it distasteful, even embarracing to contemplate a Jesus sharing in some of our situations of temptation.
So- to what does Jesus being tempted refer?
It refers to the moral fiber of Jesus as in what kind of a man is God.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is a man who understood what it is like to rape, steal, toy with suicide, murder, commit incest, to think about comitting them because he was in a certain situation where those things seem the answer to something, the knee jerk reaction to this or that.
We hesitate to name such things because, perhaps we prefer not to see through this veil since we do not want our darkest hours of temptation to be known about by anyone and to think that Jesus may have also been there is awful, dreadful.
That : “In every way” had to have opened a minefield whose bombs must be nicely diffused before hesitating to say that ” In every way” does not mean in the here and now but just in his mind, that he thought deeply concerning what humanity is and was and will be and did not fall into the temptation of finding out for himself – because he was, is God and didn’t need to.
Intention does begin within our minds and completion/ actions proceed from this in a positive or negative way. We think about doing something and then we either reject the commision of it or commit it. I believe Realtime experiences or fixations must preceed the intention.
“WE THINK” it is important to know that we cannot blame the devil for our premeditated actions, we cannot say ” the Devil made me do it”
Jesus lived in the here and now of his era and within his hidden life there had to be occasions of realtime temptation and overcoming to make the Scripture intelligent.
Where does the ‘Divine’ come into all of this. It doesn’t -Because Christ was a man and faced temptation as a man, He can be our high priest
He did not hide behind his divinity nor use it but trusted in his heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit and the Word to assist him.
Think How is God different since the our creation (Humanity)