Most answering this question would say unhesitatingly, “No, Jesus never had sin.” Is this true or false?
When one considers what Adam brought upon us all coupled with why Jesus was sent to the world of mankind, the answer to the question is clear. So what did Adam bring upon all of his progeny? Romans 5:12 reads:
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.
So Adam brought to us all death through sin. That is our curse. We all inherited from Adam eventual death because of the sin we also inherited from him.
Romans 6:32 says:
For the wages of sin is death …
In other words, the payment one has to pay because of this inherited sin from Adam is death.
Many misunderstand this Scripture. If a person never did a bad thing in their life, they still sin. Why? Because this Scripture is not talking about not doing bad things, it is referring to that which we inherited from Adam that causes us to die: Sin.
And according to Romans 5:12, we all sin, therefore we all must die.
What about Jesus, what did he bring to the table? Again, let Romans 5:17 answer:
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
So, Jesus brought life.
The Most High God sent His only begotten Son into the world of mankind so that it would not perish; that is – not die, as mankind must die – but not perish or be destroyed and go into nonexistence. John 3:16 reads:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
So notice that God did not send His Son into the world so that mankind would not die; but sent him so that mankind would not perish.
For God to send His Son into the world so that the mankind born from flesh and blood Adam and Eve would not die would be Him taking back His pronouncement of death upon Adam and his progeny. God did not do that. He knew and His Son knew that the mankind born from Adam would have to die.
The sending of His Son was to prevent mankind born from Adam from perishing. Death was taken care of by Jesus. So if anyone born of Adam dies, will be resurrected. (John 5:28-29)
So the death of anyone is not the concern here, it is perishing and no longer existing is what one should be thinking about. (See the article Saved? In What Way?)
So, now we know what Adam gave us all and why Jesus was sent, it becomes a matter of simple deduction to answer the question: Did Jesus Ever Have Sin?
Ask yourselves, “What did Jesus have to take upon himself in order that we might have life?” Our sins!
Jesus was the sacrificial lamb? I was for that purpose he was sent, to take upon himself the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2 reads:
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
When Jesus willingly gave up his life in our behalf as the sacrificial lamb, he then had sin upon him. Not his own sin, but ours.
And, since sin leads to death, Jesus, too, had to die. Not owing to any sin of his own, but the sin of the whole world blemished him.
So when Jesus was died and was entombed, he took with him the sin of the world world. And, when he was resurrected back to life again, did those sins – our sins – come back with him? No.
The Apostle Paul taught and fully understood that when anyone dies, their sins die with them. He understood that ones death was full payment for sin. Their debt paid in full. The Apostle Paul also fully understood that when a dead person is resurrected back to life, s/he has no sin on them. This can be seen in two Scriptures: Romans 6:7 and Romans 6:23.
It was not that Jesus died for individuals who accept him as Lord and Savior – no – Jesus died for the whole world of mankind. Jesus was given as a sacrificial lamb by God as a free gift to us. Nothing is required back from us. No strings attached. (Ephesians 2:8-9 )
That Jesus died for the whole world can be seen in what he promised will happen for all of the world of dead mankind: A promised resurrection. (Matthew 5:28-29)
So in answer to the question, “Did Jesus Ever Have Sin?” the answer is yes. He had upon him our sins, the sins of the entire world of mankind.