The last temptationPosted 3 April 2010 by Bob Chapman
This is the night, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell, and rose victorious from the grave.
What was the last temptation of Christ?
I think the Martin Scorsese movie the Last Temptation of Christ says something different from most interpretations I have seen for the movie. For me, I feel that the movie’s message was that Jesus not only had to be willing to die for us, but had to want to die for us. With only the willingness and not desire, Jesus could have been tempted off the cross.
There are those who willingly die for the sake of others. If that was all that was necessary, then enough men and women have given their lives through the ages. We didn’t need Jesus to be one more death, even as important one as it is.
I think the real battle was the Harrowing of Hell. That is, Christ descended to the dead.
In this case, “Hell” is more akin “Hades,” the place where all dead go. It is not a reference to the place of eternal damnation.
Jesus had to free those caught in death so that no one needed to be caught by death.
Death results from human disobedience. It is the result of our separation from God.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” We are told that Jesus said these words on the cross on Good Friday. On the Day of Resurrection, Jesus returns after pulling the dead to life.
Many have died for the living so that they may live. How many have died for the dead to enter that unknown world so that the dead may live again?
I’m not talking vampires here. Or zombies. Enable people to really live again. To walk on the road. To eat. To talk to friends.
We aren’t called from the dead, like Lazarus, to live again. That would leave us to die again, as nothing had really changed.
Instead, we are pulled from Hell by someone who is in Hell there with us. It wouldn’t surprise me to find out the last temptation of Christ was just to leave the dead in Hades. The Hell with us. Literally.
Jesus wanting to die for us, not just being willing to die for us, makes sure that someone was there to pull us free from death.
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life!
The Lord is risen, indeed!