Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday...The Passion of Christ

Today we (Christians) commemorate the Passion of Christ (i.e. the period of intense suffering in the life of Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to the crucifixion).

What does it truly mean to be passionate? Wester's dictionary defines Passion as an "intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction."
Christ's passion was His love for us. His love resulted in a committment to redeem us and restore our relationship with God by making himself nothing, taking on a humble position of a servant in human form. (Phillipians 2:6-7)Christ's passion for us caused him to voluntarily lay aside His divine rights and privileges out of love in order to live an obedient life to fulfill God's plan of salvation for us.

Some days I wonder, how is it that Jesusvoluntarilysuffered for me; He allowed himself to be whipped and beaten so that I wouldn't have to face eternal death. He lived his life perfectly knowing that in the end He would ultimately die for others. Jesus set out to accomplish the plan of our Father. Jesus lived every moment in the presence of our Father God. His every thought, word and action was given to him by the Father (John 14:31).

Over the years I have come to know that Jesus's passion and dedication for God's purpose in His life was able to come to fruition because His every moment was lived on the dependence of God.

What would our lives look like if we spent our every moment in dependence of God's promises for us. We would live a life free of anxieties, worries, and fear. Our lives would exemplify Galatians 5:22-23, "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."

Spend today reflecting on the sacrifice that Christ made for you. Think of what God's passion looks like in your life. Find ways to serve and praise Christ today. May you dedicate your life to His service today!

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