I'm not sure I've ever really thought about it, shame on me. And maybe this is part of Easter eduction 101 back in grade school, so I apologize in advance if this isn't very interesting. But as we sat in the service earlier today the term "Passion Play" was used. I thought about what that really meant. I guess I have always considered that the word for passion in this annual depiction of Christ's death, burial and resurrection referred to the intensity, the energy or the interest that Christians have in these dramatizations. More or less the definition that we would apply to many worldly pursuits or hobbies, as in having a "passion for running."
But as he always does, Pastor Beaty went on to provide some excellent background, while telling us that today actually marked the start of "Passion Week." Turns out this referenced word Passion comes from the Latin word 'Passio', meaning "suffering or enduring". From this standpoint, the use of passion makes perfect sense. To celebrate, albeit with reverence, the final week of Lent and the suffering of Christ for the atonement of our sin. In Acts 1:3, the word is used to tell of Christs' return following His Crucifixion and death; a.k.a., His suffering.
"To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" - Acts 1:3
Have a great week and take some time to recall the passion of Christ. Happy Easter!
"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.