How Jesus met and mastered temptation

Last month when the controversial film The Last Temptation of Christ was opening at theaters in the United States, much of the debate centered on how the movie depicted Jesus dealing with temptation. The hallucinatory imaginings of the film's Jesus included fantasies of his participating in the activities he was tempted with.

Yet such a depiction isn't anything like what the Bible presents about the way our Master faced and overcame temptation. Certainly, the New Testament tells us that the real Jesus was tempted. The Epistle to the Hebrews makes it clear that Jesus understood what people had to confront in their lives and that he "was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Heb. 4:15.

September 26, 1988

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