This was the Last Temptation which came
in the space of a lightning flash to trouble the Savior's last moments.
But all at once Christ shook his head violently,
opened his eyes, and saw. No, he was not a traitor, glory be to God!
He was not a deserter. He had accomplished the mission which the Lord
had entrusted in him. He had not married, had not lived a happy life.
He had reached the summit of sacrifice: he was nailed upon the Cross.
Content, he closed his eyes. And then there
was a great triumphant cry: It is accomplished!
In other words: I have accomplished my
duty, I am being crucified. I did not fall into temptation...
This book was not written because I wanted
to offer a supreme model to the man who struggles; I wanted to show
him that he must not fear pain, temptation or death - because all three
can be conquered, all three have already been conquered. Christ suffered
pain, and since then pain has been sanctified. Temptation fought until
the very last moment to lead him astray, and Temptation was defeated.
Christ died on the Cross, and at that instant death was vanquished
Every obstacle in his journey became a
milestone, an occasion for further triumph. We have a model in front
of us now, a model who blazes our trail and gives us strength.
This book is not a biography; it is the confession
of every man who struggles. In publishing it I have fulfilled my
duty, the duty of a person who struggled much, was much embittered
in his life,
and had many hopes. I am certain that
every free man who reads this book, so filled as it
is with love, will more than ever before,
better than ever before, love
The Last Temptation of Christ