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The Passion Of Jesus Christ

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The only film that ever made me cry a real cry is the ‘Passion of Christ’ by Mel Gibson. When I say real cry? I mean uncontrollable, unconscious tears which came from nowhere but from my eyes, as an adolescent. My brain was fast asleep; it could not help it. Tears rushed out willingly and I was sweating. If you have watched this film, then you will understand better what I am emphasizing. The passion of Jesus Christ cannot be over-emphasized in that it is the gospel truth itself of how the price to save humanity was paid by Jesus.

There is need for us to re-emphasize the passion of Jesus. Let us defined, let us understand the pain that the Son of Man went through on man’s behalf. This is very important because the present generation which I am privileged to be among does not really understand or have a good grasp of what transpired in the process of delivering our salvation and restoration. And even if they know, it’s just like an ordinary, insignificant, inconsequential assignment delivered by someone which does not make much sense to them. How gullible can we be sometimes as human beings, taking important things for granted and following ephemeral and trivial trends that make no sense!

The passion of Jesus is about obedience, humility, selflessness, pain, suffering which Jesus borne to make the salvation of man a reality. There was nobody to volunteer except Him when God beckon on who would deliver the assignment of redemption. Jesus Christ selflessly, willingly surrendered to be made a sacrificial lamb. This marked the beginning of that love, that passion within Jesus to rescue humanity.

In the preliminary stage of His assignment, knowing what He was about to venture in, He proceeded to fast and pray to seek the face of His father. After which He was done, the devil came to tempt Him with food seeing that Jesus is frail and hungry. But glory be to God, He won the battle. “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God.” He fasted for 40 days for a cause He knew nothing about with temptation attached to it, yet He stood His ground. What a passion!

When people talk about passion: I have passion for this, I have passion for that. Ask them, can they replicate the same passion for a purpose or cause that is not directly related or beneficial to them? Then you will see how hypocritical human beings can be. Their passion is always attached with a ‘self’ condition. The kind of passion portrayed by Jesus is a selfless one. He dogmatically veered off from the emotion of man even though He was human. He practically demonstrated His profound love even in the face of danger and crucifixion. This is the ‘passion’ I am talking about.

The passion of Jesus is about obedience, humility, selflessness, pain, suffering which Jesus borne to make the salvation of man a reality.

The lamb seated upon the throne demonstrated humility, if not, how could somebody of His status as a ‘God’ willingly surrendered Himself to be mocked, beaten, humiliated and crucified by the same humanity He was to save. Does it not sound illogical?

At mount Olive, Jesus was almost giving up due to the pain and agony He was going through and the yet to come more excruciating pain on the cross of Calvary. The bible recounts that Jesus almost gave a blind eye to the salvation of man. But for His passion, He surrendered Himself to the will of His father. “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42).

Jesus knew He was going to die quite alright but the road to His crucifixion as a Son of Man was hazardous and one could easily compromise but thanks to our Saviour, He followed the directive of God to the letter not minding the reality. He prayed to the extent that sweat coming out of His body was like great drops of blood just for humanity.

In his persecution proper, our Lord Jesus Christ was inflicted with bodily wounds and pain, His body was lacerated, He was subjected to all sorts of humiliation and dehumanization. However, He kept the spirit alive. He pressed on, He endured the pain, and He soaked the beatings! Not enough, He was made to carry a very heavy cross after serving a very terrible punishment, He never succumbed. At Golgotha, nails were hammered live in to His hands and feet, He endured the pain. Not done, the soldiers further mocked and dehumanized Him by placing a crown of thorn on His head, He was mute. Moreover, they pierced His side with a sword crushing His ribs, He never uttered a word. Eh! What a demonstration of love! All along through this great persecution guess what Jesus said: father, forgive them for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).

But prior to the above scenario, coming from Pontius Pilate’s place after He was convicted to be crucified, great multitude consisting mostly of women which followed Him were crying, against the injustice done to Him and He turned to them and said: “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bear, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, fall on us; and to the hills cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree what shall be done in the dry?’’ (Luke 23:28-31).

Beloved, these are fiery words of warning that is applicable to us today. Those who are mocking, persecuting, shunning or hating the gospel of truth in Jesus and His passion for humanity will face a calamitous consequence mentioned in the above passage.

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