It seems to have started with the devil saying **“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written:”
‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’**
But then, once this fails, the temptation is altered from being saved from attempting to kill oneself to actually avoiding being killed altogether…
The devil started in a very subtle way and spoke through Judas beginning the temptation in this way saying to the chief priests, **“What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” **
The devil continued in a very subtle way and spoke through Peter tempting our Lord in this way saying, “Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!”
The devil also spoke through the actions of the apostles and tempted our Lord in this same way when they all deserted him and fled once they realized he was not going to fight back.
The devil also spoke in the same way through the soldiers who also came up and mocked him as they they offered him wine vinegar while saying, **“If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” **
The devil also spoke through those who passed by him on the cross, hurling insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”
The devil also spoke through the people who stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him, as they were saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”
The devil also spoke in the same way through the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders who mocked him, saying among themselves, “He saved others, but he can’t save himself!”
The devil even spoke in the same way through one of the criminals who hung there and hurled insults at him saying, “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
Even at the ninth hour, when Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” — which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” — they still didn’t seem to understand.
In fact, when some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
Admittedly, many of the passages in question do not actually mention the adversary. However, the words spoken by each person since the adversary’s initial temptation sound strangely reminiscent of the adversary’s words.
All people expected him to be saved except his own mother.
As such, it seems to me that the last temptation of Christ was for him to save himself and forsake humanity in the process. Consequently, if Christ had actually succumbed to this temptation, I think it would have been impossible for him to return to his Father in heaven-- God the Son would have been imprisonned within his own creation and the devil would have won.
Anyone ever notice this pattern before?