Today I am writing about passion and love, but it may not be what you think. I am talking about the passion of our Lord and the love that he taught us to have for one another. This is a love that is not seen very much any more.
Palm Sunday was celebrated yesterday and is the beginning of Holy Week. At our church, we sang lovely songs, waved palm branches, listened to the scriptures about Jesus riding in on a donkey, and had communion. We were reminded of Christ’s humility and love. And we were reminded of the week to come.
Last night, the Fox Network broadcast an amazing show called The Passion. It was about the Passion of the Christ and his last few days of his life. It was a modern re-telling with contemporary and popular songs included as well. It was aired live from New Orleans and included a bright white cross being carried throughout the city.
Kirk, Ian, and I watched it together and enjoyed it. Ian had questions and we were all moved. I grew up hearing the story of Holy Week so it was all the more meaningful to see this take on it. Several of my friends also enjoyed it. The special included the Last Supper, the betrayal, the arrest and conviction. It was interesting to see Jesus in an orange jump suit after being arrested by modern-day police officers.
The narrator explained the brutal death that Jesus suffered on Good Friday. None of the 7 last words of Christ were included or the crucifixion, but the crowd watching was moved and rightly so. Hearing about 7 inch nails being placed into his hands and feet was just as powerful as seeing it enacted. The burial was then explained with the guards who stayed at the tomb.
The show ended with the resurrection of Christ, followed by another lovely song. The audience clapped and the cast came out on stage — all but Jesus. I suppose that was fitting, although I would have liked to see that actor again. He did a wonderful job and had a great singing voice. Throughout this production, the passion of Christ for his calling and for others was evident. Christ’s love was clear.
To me, the entire passion story demonstrates a love that is so hard to share. We say we love our spouse, our children, our parents, and others in our lives, but would we lay down our life for them? I think that I would for my loved ones, but would rather be with them for my entire life. So, I try each day to demonstrate love, compassionate, kindness, and help take care of them.
My prayer this Holy Week is that:
- We remember the gift of Communion and Christ’s Last Supper
- We remember the Lord’s suffering and death
- We remember and celebrate His resurrection
- We remember Christ’s passion
- We love others as He taught us to
- We forgive others as Christ has forgiven us
- We always remember to be kind to each other
- And that we spread the love that He demonstrated and taught us