Have you ever wondered about the true meaning of the passion of Christ? This is a term commonly used during Easter, as it refers to the week of the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, the passion of Christ is a subject for discussion in most assemblies of believers. However, very few people talk about the significance of the suffering Jesus went through to purchase the ultimate price for our salvation. In this article, you shall be learning about the true meaning of the passion of Jesus and how it applies to your life.
The Passion of Christ
The original meaning of the term “Passion” comes from the Latin word “Pati,” which can be translated in the English language as “to endure” or “to suffer.” While it is true that most people often use the term passion to mean strong emotions for something or someone. However, in biblical theology, the term passion refers to the suffering Jesus went through regarding the substitutionary work and redemption of man.
Events in the Passion of Christ
Contrary to people’s opinion that thinks the passion of Christ started from the Garden of Gethsemane to His death; The passion of Christ started when Jesus took the sinful nature of man in the upper room (John 6:56) to when he descended to hell. Here are the key events that made it named the passion of Christ:
Taking the Sinful Nature of Man:
Jesus was born sinless because the Holy Spirit conceived him as God caused Mary’s egg to create life miraculously, and the normal process of pregnancy followed. So, Jesus was born without the input of a man’s seed, and Joseph was only a foster father (Luke 1:35). More to it is that he walked on this earth without committing a single sin – thus, Jesus Christ is without and didn’t commit any sin (1 John 3:5, 1 Peter 2:22).
However, man’s sin was imputed on Jesus by partaking in the communion with the disciples. As the bible says, He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him (John 6:56). So, this scripture clearly explains the doctrine of imputation; that is, the righteousness of Christ imputed on man, and the sin of man was imputed on Jesus, as also explained in 2 Corinthians 5:2 (God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God).
The Garden of Gethsemane:
The garden at Gethsemane is the place where Jesus really prayed and sorrowed for the things to come ahead. Jesus sorrowed greatly in the garden of Gethsemane for the following reasons;
- Jesus is about to face the full wrath of God for the sin of man.
- The Holy Spirit is about to depart from Jesus for the very first time in his existence.
- Foreknowing the lonely path Jesus is about to take; the torture and humiliation of being naked and crucified without having done never a sin.
- Jesus was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death because the battle he is about to face is going to be more than physical; it would be spiritual and emotional.
Also, in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed earnestly (Matthew 26:39), crying to the Father to “let this cup pass from me, if it is possible.” The prayer of Jesus reveals Jesus negotiating with the Father if any other path can be taken to save man. Unfortunately, there is no other way except the sacrifice of Jesus to redeem the world (John 1:29). Also, the prayer continues, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” At this point, Jesus was committed to the will of God by conquering the flesh and keeping it in subjection to the spirit.
The Betrayal and Abandonment of Jesus:
After the intense prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed by his own disciple (Judas Iscariot) to the Jewish authorities. To identify Jesus from his disciples, Judas betrays Jesus by kissing him, as he had planned (Mark 14:43-46). Jesus was to be taken into custody by a squad of armed men sent by Jewish leaders. One of the disciples, Peter, draws a sword and slashes one of the armed men, named Malchus, the high priest’s servant (Luke 22:51).
However, Jesus forbids further violence and heals the injured armed man’s ear. As a result of the arrest by the Jewish authorities, the disciples of Jesus ran away and abandoned him. Only John and Peter followed Jesus and watched from afar as He was brought before the high priest for trial. In the high priest’s courtyard, Peter denied three times knowing Jesus, as Jesus had predicted.
The Trials of Jesus:
It is important to note that according to the Gospels, Jesus was subjected to a total of seven trials with both Jewish and Roman officials. These were attempts to find a singular act of fault in his life and ministry because he had done nothing to deserve to be arrested. Regardless of his innocence, Jesus was put to death by the Roman governor, Pontious Pilate, whom the Jewish leaders compelled. Pontious Pilate, however, washed his hands to demonstrate his innocence in the killing of Jesus’ blood by the Jewish rulers and the assembled crowd (Matt. 27:24; Mark 15:9-11; Luke 23:14; John 18:38-40; 19:12).
The Physical Assualt of Jesus:
Jesus was held in custody night and day. He was mocked and beaten by the men who held him, hostage, during those times. They also blindfolded him, hit him at different times, and made a mockery of him to prophesy on who is it that struck him. There were numerous additional accusations against him, including “blaspheming him” and “insulting him.” In addition, Jesus was whipped with a whip made of braided bone or lead balls, leaving many open wounds. He was beaten, mocked as King of the Jews, given a crown of thorns, and dressed in a purple robe. He was also asked to carry the cross outside Jerusalem known as Golgotha.
The Crucifixion of Jesus:
During the Roman crucifixion, Jesus was stripped naked and nailed three times with an iron nail about 7-9 inches long. The two nailed were through each wrist, and the last was on the ankle. As recorded in the Bible, Jesus was nailed on a cross with two criminals: one on each side. (Luke 23:32-33). After crucifying Jesus, hours later, the soldiers checked if Jesus was still alive by stabbing him in the side. The Roman soldiers saw blood and water gushing out of his body and confirmed him dead. Joseph of Arimathea, a follower of Christ and an influencer man with the Roman governor, pleaded that Jesus’ body is taken down and buried.
Jesus gave seven specific recorded sayings at the cross before His death, a death later confirmed by Roman soldiers piercing His side. Thus, Jesus completed the job of fulfilling all righteousness on the cross by saying “It is finished” (John 19:30).
Descension into Hell:
The passion of christ is not completed until Jesus descended into hell to conquer Satan, Sin, Death, the grave, and Hell, known as Sheol/hades (which means the place of the dead). The bible says in Colossians 2:15, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” So, Jesus, after satisfying the heart of the father and other legal claims as well as restoration of relationship, He completely destroyed and disarmed the rulers and authorities of darkness and put them to open shame.
Why it is Important to Commemorate the Passion of Christ
The passion of Christ is an important event to commemorate because of the following reasons;
- It reveals the true love of God towards humanity (1 John 4:8, John 3:16, and John 15:13)
- The passion of Christ demonstrates the extent God went to save sinners (Romans 5:8)
- The passion of Christ tells believers the price Jesus has to pay for our salvation
- The passion of Christ reveals how important every unbeliever is toward God.
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