– How human was Jesus? – The Lord’s greatest temptation
You have to understand that Jesus was, and is, totally different from the many paintings where, sorry to say, he seems more dead than alive.
He loved life:
His first recorded miracle was 800 to 1000 bottles of wine for those who already had drunk everything at that wedding. They must have enjoyed that wedding tremendously. (John 2:2-10)
He was no wimp, He was fearless:
He walked right up that Frankenstein hulk, who had everyone in the area terrorized and in fear and trembling. This character could break strong chains and lived in the graves at the cemetery. Yet, Jesus went right up to him and said, “What is your name?‟, with the intention to help that poor, frustrated, mentally unstable, demon-haunted, wretched piece of humanity. (Mark 5:3,4,9)
He single-handedly cleaned out the temple several times of all the businessmen who were there by the authority of the high priests. “he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables.” (John 2:15)
He confronted hypocrisy:
The Sadducees did not believe in life after life, that is why they were sad-you-see. The Pharisees however believed in eternal life, they fasted, gave alms to the poor, visited the widows and were not afraid to pray publicly, etc. All those good things that good religious people do.
However, we read in Matthew chapter 23, how Jesus in no uncertain terms lays it into these religionists. He is furious with them and tells them:
Matthew 23:19,27,28,33 – “You fools and blind: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like whitewashed sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also appear on the outside righteous unto men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?”
This of course went down side ways with these good religious people and they looked for an opportunity to kill him. It was not easy to find Jesus alone as there were the multitudes following Him and of course there were always the twelve men with him, so they were trying to find a way to catch Jesus alone.
Now the biggest temptation (“Scriptures of the four gospels in italic” – comments in blue – )
Luke 22:36,38,39 – Now a few days later we are at the last supper and towards the end Jesus says, “He that has no sword let him sell his garment and buy one.” “And they said, Lord Look, here are two swords. And He said to them ‘It is enough.’ – He knew that he was going to be betrayed to these serpents and vipers – His temptation was to lay it into that pack from the temple and give them a good thrashing – “And he went, as usual, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.”
Matthew 26:36-44 – “Then they come to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, You sit here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then he says he to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: stay here, and watch with me. Pray that you will not enter into temptation.” – the temptation to put up a good fight and send them running – “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,” – He could not stay with his disciples or pray with them as this one he had to wrestle through by himself – and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:” – I don’t know Father, if I can go through with this crucifixion, I don’t know if I have it in me, I feel like laying it into them – “nevertheless not as I will, but as you will.” – My will is to lay an ambush and give these hypocrites such a trashing that will send them screaming –
“And he comes to the disciples, and finds them asleep, and says to Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation: – Simon Peter had fallen asleep and did not pray to not enter into temptation, as is soon evident – the spirit indeed is willing, – my spirit wants to do what my Father asks of me – but the flesh is weak.” – but believe me, my flesh wants to do something else –
“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, your will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.”
Luke 22:42-45 – “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me: – I don’t know Father if I can go through with this, I don’t have the strength. I have the strength to fight, but not suffer – nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done. – I want to do Your will above all else, but please send me help, Father, now is the time that I need help, please send it to me – And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. – this human temptation could only be overcome with angelic intervention –
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. – This shows the intensity of the battle. This was the greatest battle ever fought, which turned the tide of all history. This battle is still here for each of us; do we accept God’s will and plan for our life, or do we yield to the temptation and give in to our own will? – And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
The victory is won, Jesus had accepted the cup
Matthew 26:45, 46 – and said unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. – here we see that Jesus had won the battle, He had peace, He does not ask them to pray with him or for him anymore. He had received help from the Father and had accepted the cup and was fully determined to drink it. No turning back – Rise, let us be going: Look, he is at hand that betrays me.”
Luke 22:47, 48; Mark 14:45 – And while he yet spoke, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near and said, ‘Master, master’ and kissed him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, do you betray the Son of man with a kiss?
John 18:4-8 – Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Who are you looking for? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said to them, ‘I am he’. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. – it is evident that Judas had chosen sides, as after he kissed Jesus, he did not join and stand with the other disciples – As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
– It shows that Jesus had absolute control and power over the whole situation – Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he.
Simon Peter’s attack
Luke 22:49 – When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? – Simon Peter did not wait for the answer –
John 18:10,11 – Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. – Simon Peter was obviously aiming for his head, but Malchus dodged and so only lost his ear – Then Jesus said to Peter, Put up your sword into the sheath: – Okay, that’s enough – the cup which my Father has given me, shall I not drink it? – as there was no retaliation to Peter’s attack, it shows that Jesus had absolute power and was in total control of the situation, because he had accepted, what His Father is asking of Him –
Matthew 26:52-54 – “for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Don’t you think that now I cannot pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? – Peter this cannot be fought in the flesh. I can call on heaven and wipe the floor with this lot, however I have accepted the cup that my Father has given me to drink – But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?”
Luke 22:51-53 – “And he touched his ear, and healed him. – nobody could do anything, until Jesus permitted them – Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Are you come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves? When I was daily with you in the temple, you did not touch me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
– After this Jesus allowed them to do with him whatever they wanted. He had won the battle, He had surrendered His own will, and there was peace. He was invincible, indestructible. He knew they would torture and crucify His body, but never ever could they conquer or destroy His spirit and soul, and that freaked them out completely. He did not stoop to their level by railing accusation for accusation. –
John 18:12,13 – “Then the band, the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, And led him away”
He had absolute peace, because he had won the battle in the garden of Gethsemane. He had not given in to the human temptation. but had accepted to drink the cup which His Father had given Him. Accepting the Father’s will brought an end to the storm.
That is why he had complete peace in the midst of accusations flying, spitting in his face, being blindfolded and punched in the face, being dragged from Pilate to Herod and back, scourged, a crown of thorns pounded on his head, and then finally nailed down, hanging naked on the cross for hours in utter humiliation.
One thing that is not often mentioned is that the Romans crucified naked, Imagine the utter humiliation to hang there with your sexual parts exposed on people’s eye level. That is why it says “And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off,“ Luke 23:49
He was centre stage of all the disgusting hate and filth that His enemies could possibly hurl at him. The Devil and his religious, venom spewing cronies had the time of their life.
All that so that we could be forgiven for our sins and have eternal life.
– beyond human comprehension –