Christ and His Temptation
|Christ and His Temptation
Christ as healer must have what He is going to share, i.e., must be fully, i.e, perfectly human and Divine or He could not heal us; He gives us the health, as it were, He has. If He did not have this health, we, being sick, could not receive healing.
He therefore has the fully human nature, i.e., one not wounded by sin. His humanity is therefore graced and in harmony with the Divine. For us to be tending toward sin is for us not to be fully human; therefore we are not the vantage point of the healing of our wounded nature but He is.
If follows that for Him to heal our infirmity, He must bring health to our infirmity. One can't give what one doesn't have, so He must have this health of being fully human, i.e., in harmony with God in order to give it to us by grace. He therefore could not sin, which makes him perfectly human, not less human.
We must realize that it is abnormal for human nature to suffer and die. Our Lord chose to suffer and die; temptation for Him is not exactly the same as for us. The world and the devil could 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 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 far 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 He experiences "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 come from outside though they are experienced inside: e.g., suffering and death.
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