The Final Temptation of Christ
The following scriptures will reveal where, when and what the final temptation of Christ was.
Matthew 26:36-39, 42
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
We read in the Gospels that during His agony in the garden, the Lord went to the Father three times to ask if “this cup” could pass from Him. It was here that Satan came with his final temptation of Jesus Christ to not obey His Father. This particular temptation was so intense that the Lord actually agonized during the temptation and sweat droplets of blood.
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
The Greek word for “agony” here in Luke 22:44 is agonia, which is to be in bodily strife, struggle or contest, a violent struggle or agony both of body and mind.
His agony was so intense that the capillaries in His forehead ruptured, and He began to sweat blood. However, once again as a man under intense mental and physical an-guish, the Lord Jesus Christ did not give in to this final and ultimate temptation. He resisted and overcame the Devil’s temptation.
Jesus Christ was tempted in all points as we are, and yet He never succumbed to sin.
Jesus Christ A Great High Priest
Hebrews 3:1 declares that Jesus Christ is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. Since He was tempted in all points, He is able to empathize with all men in their lowest state of sin. At the same time, He is able to advance to the aid of anyone who cries out for help, for all who shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Under the Old Covenant (or Old Testament), the High Priest after the order of Aaron would enter into the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for his sins and the sins of Israel. He would sprinkle the Mercy Seat with the blood of bulls and goats covering the sins of Israel for one year. This special day is called the Day of Atonement, and Jews continue to observe this holy day today without the sacrifices of bulls and goats.
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit of-fered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suf-fered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for ever-more.
Is Jesus Christ fully Divine?
The epistle of Hebrews is one of “much more,” “better than,” “greater than.” In all things the epistle of Hebrews shows that Jesus was and is greater than all the prophets and angels, and is even greater than Moses. It also speaks of the New Covenant with its better promises than that of Abraham.
The New Covenant is shown as replacing the Old and truly being better (Heb 8:1-10). But within the New Covenant, these “better promises” of the Gospel are continually ex-pressed in terms of the fulfillment of the covenant made with Abraham (Gen 12:1-3; 15:1-21; 22:1-18; Gal 3:7-29). In this sense, the promises we received are the promises made to Abraham in the unilateral covenant the Lord made with Himself – versus the Old Covenant which He made with the children of Israel through the ministry of Moses.
Chapter one of Hebrews deals with the Divine nature of Jesus Christ and begins with the word GOD! This should immediately capture the reader’s attention, in that it is lik-ened to Genesis which begins with, “In the beginning, GOD” or “GOD, in the beginning.” No other epistle begins in this manner, and as such, Hebrews should get our focused attention because this epistle declares that God is speaking to us from heaven in His dear Son!
God makes it known that in these last days He is speaking to us through His dear Son. God speaks to us not through the prophets or by way of angels, but in His dear Son.
The Fathers Son is greater than all the prophets or angels who in the Old Testament spoke at various times and places for God. Under the Old Covenant, the prophets and angels were limited to communicating to man’s intellect. Now, under the New Covenant, Jesus speaks by way of Holy Spirit directly into the spirit or heart of His people!
The Son of God is the brightness of His (the Father’s) glory and the express image of His (the Father’s) nature. The Fathers only begotten Son is the exact imprint of the Father, speaking into the heart or spirit of believers. The resurrected, glorified Christ is imparting the very life of God from the throne room of heaven itself into the spirit of believers.
The Son of God upholds all things by the word of His power, which has been bestowed upon Him by the Father. He has been appointed heir of all things, being made so much better than the angels. He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they have.
This Son of God, in whom God is speaking to us today, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down – or took His dignified and rightful place – at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity, God anointed Him with the oil of joy above His fellows. Later on in this study, this anointing of joy, or Holy Spirit, occurred sometime after the resurrection between the Ascension from the Mount of Olives and Pentecost.
Today if we do not harden our hearts as Israel did in the wilderness, the Son of God communicates to us individually to speak to us from His throne in heaven. Christ reveals Himself to us thereby ever perfecting us in order that we may boldly enter into the Father’s presence to obtain mercy in time of need and to abide with Him and with the Father as overcomer’s of this present world.