Passion In The Passion Week

April 17, 2019

“Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” John 13:1

The definition of passion is as follows:

  1. strong and barely controllable emotion.  
  2. the suffering and death of Jesus.

Considering the meanings of the word passion I realize that Jesus not only showed us passion by example, but He taught it to His followers.  We are presently in the passion week. What can we remember from this important week that is necessary for our lives today?

Jesus interacted with His disciples in the days before His crucifixion (John 13:1-33).  It was nearing that hour for which He had come. He taught His followers about passion not only by His words, but by actions and in symbol. Everything about this week has given His followers and the world so much to consider about life and eternity.

I am afraid however, that many times the unforgettable images of the cross, the darkness of the tomb and even the glorious splendor of the resurrection overshadow the tremendous truth about love that Jesus taught His followers during passion week.

We must always trumpet the victory of the cross and triumph in the glorious resurrection but it must all be done in the passion of love which He commanded for HIs disciples as He traveled toward the cross. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:34-45)

So as we approach this resurrection day do a self check about your own passion. Many are prideful to be known by their denomination, affiliation, doctrine and the like. They proudly wear their brands and think more highly of themselves for doing it. But the Savior said we were to be known by the love we have. What some idealize as as a demonstration of their passion is really foreign to the passion He taught His followers. Instead some come across as doctrinal bullies or brash and braggadocio.

This passion week let us first of all love our Lord with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength. Mark 12:30  Let us love our fellow Christian. John 15:12 Let us love strangers of all nations and all those for whom Christ died. Acts 1:8 – Let’s show some passion!

BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES.

 


		
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