As we enter into the week of Christ’s passion, let us ponder together the significance of the week. Dictionary.com defines passion as any powerful or compelling emotion. As we read the accounts of Jesus’ life, we see and understand that the compelling emotion He had was love. James 4:5 states that He yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us.
In short, Jesus is all about having a relationship with you and me and this passion that He has displayed demonstrates to us that He is willing to go to any length to make that relationship possible. He is jealously pursuing you and me with a love that is both real and life changing.
In John 1:14-18 it states, “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness of him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me.’) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.”
Jesus is God, and for us he is the visible expression of God. If we did not have this historical, visible, actual human life lived out by God with us (Emmanuel), we would be relegated to concepts about God. The love that God has for us would only be an abstract idea, words on a page and at best, a hope in our heart.
Jesus gave us statements like this: The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep, greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends and no one takes my life, but I willingly lay it down. Jesus tells us that when we see him we have seen the Father and that He is doing the things the Father is doing and is saying the things the Father is saying.
Jesus backed up these statements by finishing out His passion week nailed to a Roman cross, saying “It is finished,” granting paradise to a criminal beside him and committing His spirit to the Father. God’s passion for a relationship with us led him to die a death that could give us life, being forsaken so that we would not have to be.
Every love relationship requires that two agree into the relationship, one to the other. It cannot be forced, imposed, demanded or compelled and still be a love choice.
Jesus has given all so that we could enjoy one another for eternity. On His end He has chosen, He has said, “Yes” and removed any obstacle that might stand in the way of our relationship to a perfect God. How about you? What are you passionate about? Jesus knocks and is hoping that you will understand the love that compelled him to do for you what you could not do for yourself and that you respond by loving him back, opening the door and letting him into your life.
Revelation 3:40 says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
Tri Robinson is a pastor with The Rock Church in Sheridan.