The Final Temptation

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When we think of our Lord suffering on the cross, we may grieve for the physical and spiritual challenges He faced. But He was victorious in this final temptation as He had been in all others. With this victory, the Lord forever changed His relationship to us. Through this final temptation, the Lord glorified His Human and united it with the Divine soul or Father within. As the Lord God Jesus Christ, the one God of heaven and earth became present with us in a new way. Now His Divine power is immediately available as never before to bring us victory in our spiritual struggles.

The Story

  • Read Mark 15:22-47.
  • This story is also told in Matthew 27, Luke 23, John 19.
  • The Crucifixion Video (all ages)
    Lovely retelling of the story of the Lord’s crucifixion as told in gospel of Luke.

Ideas for discussion

  1. After praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus let Himself be taken before the priests and then to Pilate. Did Pilate think the Lord was guilty? (No) Who demanded that the Lord be crucified? (the priests and the people they stirred up)
  2. What do we call the day on which the Lord was crucified? (Good Friday. It is called Good Friday because of the good work the Lord accomplished.) One way that we can celebrate Good Friday is by not letting the hells influence us.
  3. Who took the Lord to Golgotha to crucify Him? (the soldiers) Who mocked the Lord? (the soldiers, chief priests and scribes, some people passing by) Who were sad as they watched? (Mary Magdalene and other women who followed the Lord)
  4. Why did it suddenly get dark for three hours? (because the Lord was being crucified) What happened to the veil of the temple when He breathed His last? (It was torn in two from top to bottom)
  5. Why did an all-powerful God permit people to do this to Him? It was an essential part of His mission—the final step in conquering the hells. Without this last step, He could not have said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).
  6. The hells wanted the Lord to be angry with the people who hated Him or wavered in their faith. But the Lord forgave them. “Forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:24).
  7. Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for permission to bury Jesus. Where did he put the Lord’s body after wrapping it in fine linen? (in a tomb in the rock in a garden)
  8. Who gained the real victory here—the hells, the priests, or the Lord? The Lord. He was successful in this final temptation—as He was in all of His temptations.

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