I saw the above words on a large poster with 3 crosses in the background outside a Baptist Church as I drove through South London recently. (Who says that there’s nothing great about the South Circular?).
What wonderful, true words! ‘Passion’ speaks of a number of things – in particular strong and intense emotion and desire, as well as the suffering and death of Jesus. Clearly such meanings come together at the cross. You may remember early indications of Jesus’ passion in Luke 22v15: “He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”” and in John 13v1 “Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love”.
Perhaps the ‘high point’ of His passion is seen in Jesus’ words in John 15v13: “Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends”. As Paul reminds us in Romans 5 we were actually God’s enemies when Jesus died for us, prior to becoming His friends!
No wonder Paul also wants us to grasp how wide, long, high and deep is the love of Jesus (Ephesians 3v18) and to know that nothing can ever separate us from His love (Romans 8v38,39).
Jesus truly loves each of His children passionately. Keep meditating on, enjoying and rejoicing in this glorious, eternal fact. And how passionate is our response to Him?
Peace and Grace