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He gazed upon the onlookers who are present for the event when he suddenly sees a young girl, angelic- looking, sitting at the foot of the cross. She informs Christ that his Father is pleased with him and that he does not need to die on the cross after all. Christ is told that he has passed his ‘test of faith’ and comes off the cross. Because of the non- sacrificial turn, Christ expresses his true feelings to Mary Madeline, a former prostitute and now follower of Christ’s teachings, to which they marry and have children.
We now see Christ maturing into an older man and finally laying on his death bed as an elder. Judas, a former Apostle (follower) of Christ, is much alive since the turn of events wipes the feeling of guilt from betrayal away, informs Christ that the world around him is burning. God is most definitely displeased with Christ choosing to take his personal actions into place and not follow his Father’s bidding. Christ then realizes that the ‘angel’ was actually the Devil, offering and succeeding in that final “temptation”. As if dreaming, Christ is startled back into reality and discovers that he is still on the cross after all. It is within that moment that Christ accepts his fate and informs his Father that “it is done” and dies for all man’s sins.
|Author Nikos Kazantzakis|
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