Could Jesus Have Sinned? - Isaiah 7:14-15
Some say it was impossible for Jesus to have sinned, but consider Isaiah 7:14-15 – “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” Matt 1:21-23 confirms Isaiah 7:14-15 is a prophecy regarding the promised Messiah.Our text affirms the coming virgin born son will “refuse the evil, and choose the good.” This phrase indicates the possibility of the Christ choosing evil (he “refused” evil, not that evil wasn’t available to him), else His choice of good wouldn’t actually be a choice, but set in concrete before he was born. This passage states the truth succinctly on this question – that Jesus chose to do good, not that He was forced to do good.The fact that Jesus could have sinned (being tempted as we are – Heb 4:15) , but lived a whole 33 years without committing even one sin, is (in my opinion) the greatest accomplishment in the history of the world. Teaching that Jesus couldn’t have sinned nullifies that most magnificent accomplishment.