PASSON WEEK DEFINED – MARCH 31, 2015
Isaiah 53:4 Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
This week is Passion Week and when most of us think about “Passion” we often think of passion in the way it is defined today “as a strong emotion, feeling or desire.” However, the original Latin word “Passio” means to “endure great suffering” and that’s exactly why we refer to the week between Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday morning as Passion Week.
In a very real way, everything about this week in Jesus’ life was leading up to His suffering for the sins of the world. Long before Christ walked this earth, Isaiah the Prophet had predicted Christ would be nailed to the Cross. Isaiah said, “…He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-6
Read those last words again—“By His Wounds We Were Healed!’
However, that last week of Christ’s Life also reflects the contemporary usage of our day of passion of a “strong emotion or feeling.” That strong emotion was none other than LOVE. At the same time, it was His strong love for US that drove Him to endure the DENIAL, BETRAYAL, BEATINGS AND Crucifixion.
What a great message! His Passion brings us Peace and healing! Think about that as you plan Your Easter Week Schedule!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D