In that final temptation, our Lord is taken to a high mountain and the devil offers him the world as long as Jesus would bow before him and worship him. Joseph Ratzinger makes the comparison between Jesus and Barabbas. The people want a revolutionary political leader to save them from their oppression, they cheer for this criminal whom they hail as their Messiah, their anointed one.
You have to wonder, if Jesus was put on trail today, would he have a chance as a simple Jewish man born in a cave? You have to consider, do we truly know Jesus and pursue his will. Our Lord teaches us in his rejection of the final temptation that true power is not based on what the world wants. True power is based on the one who is power itself, God. Power is based on what happens at the cross and the community that will be formed from there … those who will be baptized at Easter because of the act of absolute love found at the cross. Let’s use Lent to focus on this truth. Focus on what God has done for us in his Son. He has won eternity for us!