Folks, here is yet another attempt to portray Jesus through film. It is an interesting concept, to have Jesus and Satan played by the same actor; it somewhat echoes the Urantia Book story of Jesus being the Paradise father of Lucifer. Satan was representing Lucifer in this meeting with Jesus, as Urantia Book readers know...
As UB readers also know, the story of the forty days is a very different story than the story of Jesus' "temptation" in the Bible.
Jesus' "temptation" took place nearly five months earlier on My Hermon. Nonetheless, this movie is working from the Bible so we can't expect better just yet...for both movie buffs and Jesus buffs, this might be a good film to see.
Here's a quick blurb from the review:
Last Days in the Desert starring Ewan McGregor as Jesus and the devil gets thumbs up from critics
by Angie Chui
"In recent years, the Bible became fertile ground for material when Hollywood studios decided to do their own interpretation of epic tales of Noah and Exodus. While both movies had Oscar winners playing lead roles, they often had a polarising effect on critics who reviewed the movies.
"Rodrigo Garcia's Last Days in the Desert, a low budget film starring Ewan MacGregor may well have the answer to winning over both critics and filmgoers alike as it received rave reviews after its screening at the Sundance Festival.
"In Last Days in the Desert, MacGregor is given the unique task of playing the role of both Jesus - called Yeshua in the movie - and the Devil in story of the Temptation of Christ during his 40 days of fasting and prayer in the desert.
"ScreenDaily described the film as " a powerfully meditative experience that grapples with themes of faith, destiny, death, and fathers and sons, 'Last Days In The Desert' possesses the attributes that have been the hallmark of writer-director Rodrigo García's best films: It's emotionally uncluttered while being narratively ambitious."
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Again, readers of The Urantia Book know this story very well. And for those of you who are Christians desiring to know more about Jesus, we're including the entire, true story of Jesus' meeting with Satan and Caligastia, so that you can understand better the real purpose of the meeting, and the monumental repercussions of it for our world.
This would be great reading in preparation for seeing the movie...there are a couple of links further down, so that anyone who's intereested can find out all they need to know about the importance of this meeting of Jesus on Mt Hermon with the now-vanquished leaders of rebellion.
Jesus walked away from this meeting as the unquestioned sovereign of our world, and he effectively ended the Lucifer rebellion in the universe of his creation.
The Real Story of Jesus' "Temptation"
Sojourn on Mt Hermon
After spending some time in the vicinity of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus made ready his supplies, and securing a beast of burden and a lad named Tiglath, he proceeded along the Damascus road to a village sometime known as Beit Jenn in the foothills of Mount Hermon. Here, near the middle of August, A.D. 25, he established his headquarters, and leaving his supplies in the custody of Tiglath, he ascended the lonely slopes of the mountain. Tiglath accompanied Jesus this first day up the mountain to a designated point about 6,000 feet above sea level, where they built a stone container in which Tiglath was to deposit food twice a week.
The first day, after he had left Tiglath, Jesus had ascended the mountain only a short way when he paused to pray. Among other things he asked his Father to send back the guardian seraphim to "be with Tiglath." He requested that he be permitted to go up to his last struggle with the realities of mortal existence alone. And his request was granted. He went into the great test with only his indwelling Adjuster to guide and sustain him.
Jesus ate frugally while on the mountain; he abstained from all food only a day or two at a time. The superhuman beings who confronted him on this mountain, and with whom he wrestled in spirit, and whom he defeated in power, were real; they were his archenemies in the system of Satania; they were not phantasms of the imagination evolved out of the intellectual vagaries of a weakened and starving mortal who could not distinguish reality from the visions of a disordered mind.
Jesus spent the last three weeks of August and the first three weeks of September on Mount Hermon. During these weeks he finished the mortal task of achieving the circles of mind-understanding and personality-control. Throughout this period of communion with his heavenly Father the indwelling Adjuster also completed the assigned services. The mortal goal of this earth creature was there attained. Only the final phase of mind and Adjuster attunement remained to be consummated.
After more than five weeks of unbroken communion with his Paradise Father, Jesus became absolutely assured of his nature and of the certainty of his triumph over the material levels of time-space personality manifestation. He fully believed in, and did not hesitate to assert, the ascendancy of his divine nature over his human nature.
Near the end of the mountain sojourn Jesus asked his Father if he might be permitted to hold conference with his Satania enemies as the Son of Man, as Joshua ben Joseph. This request was granted. During the last week on Mount Hermon the great temptation, the universe trial, occurred. Satan (representing Lucifer ) and the rebellious Planetary Prince, Caligastia, were present with Jesus and were made fully visible to him. And this "temptation," this final trial of human loyalty in the face of the misrepresentations of rebel personalities, had not to do with food, temple pinnacles, or presumptuous acts. It had not to do with the kingdoms of this world but with the sovereignty of a mighty and glorious universe. The symbolism of your records was intended for the backward ages of the world's childlike thought. And subsequent generations should understand what a great struggle the Son of Man passed through that eventful day on Mount Hermon.
To the many proposals and counterproposals of the emissaries of Lucifer, Jesus only made reply: "May the will of my Paradise Father prevail, and you, my rebellious son, may the Ancients of Days judge you divinely. I am your Creator-father; I can hardly judge you justly, and my mercy you have already spurned. I commit you to the adjudication of the Judges of a greater universe."
To all the Lucifer-suggested compromises and makeshifts, to all such specious proposals about the incarnation bestowal, Jesus only made reply, "The will of my Father in Paradise be done." And when the trying ordeal was finished, the detached guardian seraphim returned to Jesus' side and ministered to him.
On an afternoon in late summer, amid the trees and in the silence of nature, Michael of Nebadon won the unquestioned sovereignty of his universe. On that day he completed the task set for Creator Sons to live to the full the incarnated life in the likeness of mortal flesh on the evolutionary worlds of time and space. The universe announcement of this momentous achievement was not made until the day of his baptism, months afterward, but it all really took place that day on the mountain. And when Jesus came down from his sojourn on Mount Hermon, the Lucifer rebellion in Satania and the Caligastia secession on Urantia were virtually settled. Jesus had paid the last price required of him to attain the sovereignty of his universe, which in itself regulates the status of all rebels and determines that all such future upheavals (if they ever occur) may be dealt with summarily and effectively. Accordingly, it may be seen that the so-called "great temptation" of Jesus took place sometime before his baptism and not just after that event.
The forty days following Jesus' baptism were similrly significant, in that it was a time of solitude for Jesus and communication with God. His baptism was Jesus' inauguration, so to speak, into "the Father's business," and plans had to be made...decisions taken. It was during these forty days that these things happened. Please see the links that follow for another great read and a true understanding of the significance of the Forty Days...
What really happened during the Forty Days:
The Baptism of Jesus
The Forty Days
Jesus' plans for public work
The Great Decisions