Q: How could Satan tempt Jesus in the wilderness as described in the Gospels, when in James 1:13 the Bible says that God cannot be tempted with evil?
However, when Matthew, Mark, and Luke speak of Jesus’ “being tempted,” they use a related word that is a verb. This Greek verb conveys a significant amount of meaning that is not immediately observable in English. In this case, the verb is passive, meaning that the devil is doing the tempting, and Jesus is the target. However, this verb does not imply success by Satan, or surrender on the part of Jesus, but only the attempts of Satan to tempt Him. Therefore, the Gospel-writers are not implying in any way that Jesus was lured by the temptation, but only that the devil was trying to tempt Him into sin.