When we hear the word "passion," we usually think of strong emotion or intense love. But the Latin passio originally meant to endure suffering. So it is that Passion Week encompasses both the strong emotion and the suffering of Christ.
Passion Week (or Holy Week) is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. This year, Palm Sunday is on March 25 and Easter is April 1. It also happens to be Spring Break.
We wish you all a happy and restful Spring Break, but encourage you to also take time to contemplate Jesus' suffering as he resolutely headed to a brutal death on the cross. Many churches--ours included--take this week to prepare our hearts for Easter by reflecting on Jesus' last days. Here are some questions to consider:
- How is it that the crowds cheered Jesus, hailed him as king, and welcomed him into Jerusalem, but but jeered at him, condemned him as blasphemer and criminal, and sent him away to the cross?
- Jesus suffered immense emotional, physical, and spiritual anguish. He was despised and rejected by his people and his disciples all abandoned him. He was beaten, scourged, and nailed to a cross to die a slow, painful death. He experienced God turning away from him for the first time ever. What must that have been like? Why would he go through all that?
- Why did Jesus go through all that? If he was God, why didn't he stop it all from happening?
- What does Jesus mean when he says to remember his body broken for us and his bled shed for us?
- What does the cross have to do with me? What does it have to do with my sin? "Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us" - John Stott
- What does it mean for me that Jesus doesn't stay dead, but he comes back to life just as he promised?
If you are back from break in time, we invite you to join us for our Good Friday service and celebrate with us at our Easter Service.