This week is Passion Week. When most of us think about “Passion,” we often think of passion in the way we use it today…as a strong emotion, feeling or desire.
However, the original Latin word ‘Passio’ means to endure suffering, and that is exactly why we refer to this week as Passion Week. Because of Jesus’ last days, in a very real way, everything about this week was leading up to His suffering for the sins of the world. However, that last week of Christ’s life also reflects the more current, common usage of the day of passion being a “strong emotion or feeling.” That strong emotion is none other than love.
After all, it was Christ’s strong love for His disciples that led Him to wash their feet and express His complete love for them. And, at the same time it was His strong love for us that drove Him to endure the betrayal of those closest to Him, the sham trials, the vicious beatings and being nailed to the cross.
It was that passion that Isaiah the Prophet predicted long before Christ was nailed on 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)
What a great message…His Passion brings us peace and healing…think about it, and have a blessed Week!
Meditate on 1 Peter 2: 21-24 as you ponder the passion of Easter week.
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
John Mark Caton, Ph.D