“The Passion of the Christ.”
It is a phrase we hear frequently this time of year. It is a reference to the trial, torture, crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Yet we attach the word “passion” to describe it. Jesus was passionate?!
How could he be passionate about:
- a riged trial
- being scourged
- having nails and a spear driven into his body
- being smothered to death
Where is the sense in any of it?
It seems a contradiction of terms because it makes no human sense.
And here is the reason why: our passions are about self-fulfillment while Christ’s passion was about self-emptying.
And what would be the ultimate act of self-emptying? The cross.
The culmination of his work on earth would take place over the course of seventy-two hours. Seventy-two hours that would produce a tectonic shift greater than that which caused the giant tsunami in Indonesia. Nothing…
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