We describe the passion of Jesus as the short, final period in the life of Jesus covering his entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the time up until his crucifixion on the cross. Washing his disciples’ feet, sharing his last prayers and last supper with them are all a part of his passion. Agonizing over “the cup” he had to drink and sweating drops of blood in the garden of Gethsemane were all a part of his passion.
Enduring the mocking trial, the beatings, the pulling out of his beard, the scourging, the taunts and derision were all a part of his passion. The weight of the cross, the abandonment of his disciples, the ignominious place of his death were all a part of his passion. The nails driven through his hands and his feet, the crown of thorns upon his head, the piercing of his side, and bearing the curse of sin were all a part of his passion.
But, his passion was not for the sake of an idea; it was for an individual multiplied a billion times. It was for you and for me. It was for whosoever would call on the name of the Lord. It was to draw as many as would to come from being far away and draw them near.
You see, we were meant to share in his passion. This is a call to share in his sufferings but even more to share in the salvation his suffering bought for us. I pray you will allow his passion to capture your heart and enliven your mind. I pray you will allow his passion to restore your soul and raise you to newness of life.
After all, passion makes life possible!