Over the Hump 09/04/2019

I am a great fan of Nikos Kazantzakis. One of the works that struck me when I read it was "The Last Temptation of Christ". In it, we can see the conflict of the human Jesus with his mission. The last temptation is in a dream where he comes down from the cross, marries Mary Magdeline and lives out a normal life life. 


As I have thought about that over the years, I have wondered, what if he had succumbed to that temptation, as so many people, that we have read about, who have been tempted and thus lost some of their integrity and high standing in their businesses, families and communities and the trust of other people. 


I also have looked back at the temptations that I, myself, have faced over the years and found that they were pretty paltry, compared to some and my regrets and sorrow of those ones that I let hinder my life of integrity. 


But as a believer, I can hope to be more graceful to withstand those which may come up as I near the end of the trek and I have the assurance of the grace of God to help me.