This week is Passion Week. When most of us think about “passion,” we often think of passion in the way it is defined today which is “a strong emotion, feeling or desire.” However, the original Latin word ‘passio’ means to “endure great suffering.” That is 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 53:5).
Let me repeat those last words again—“By His Wounds We Were Healed!” 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. After all, it was Christ’s strong love for those disciples that led Him to wash their feet. 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 it and have a blessed Week!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D