James Maclagan on Christ’s temptations

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[T]he temptations of our Lord, without being sinful in the least degree, might notwithstanding be, what we know they were, more sharp and terrible than any other. What though he had no irregular or exaggerated passions to restrain! He had holy, just, pure, heavenly affections, strong in proportion to the greatness of his soul, and warm in proportion to the brightness and dignity of their objects; which he was called upon by the nature of his undertaking, not only to control, but for a season to thwart so painfully, and to turn aside so violently, from their natural courses, that he must have needed to exercise a persevering strength of self-denial altogether matchless; and must have had in his heart experience far beyond what mere mortality could have endured, of the profoundest sorrow, the keenest anguish, and the harshest mortification. ...

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