… it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Passion Week begins… Palm Sunday.  As I sit here and reflect on what Christ experienced as He made His way to the cross and took on all sin that was and is and is to come I am overwhelmed.  On Sunday He was praised and by Friday those same people that were saying “Hosanna” were then saying “Crucify”.  In hindsight, of course, I am thinking… how in the world could they?  But then, as I sit on my seat of judgement, I have to come down off that haughty position and realize that I daily do the same thing!  How I am heartbroken over the fact that those Christ made in His image are so fickle when it comes to believing that He is the one who was sent.  (That very much includes myself).

When I read through the accounts of Christ’s final week in human form, I try to figure out what part I would have played had I lived back then.  Which person mentioned in the accounts left to us do I identify with the most?  At times I am Peter… others, Thomas… So, who would you have been?   Whom ever it is you choose, the most amazing thing is, He loved each and everyone of them, and us, that He would take our place so that we may have eternal life with Him.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

As I think through the events that happened that week, I think what sticks out the most is that it all begins with His birth.  Without His birth there would have been no ministry, without His ministry there would have been no death, without His death there would have been no resurrection…. And that is what we will celebrate in a week and what people that believe in Him celebrate each and every Sunday…. and in reality, every day of their lives.

Take time this week to focus on the events of what has been named “Passion Week,” and consider all that happened that week.  How does this effect your daily life?

One of my favorite prayers that has become well known ends with the words, “…. it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”  There are no words in existence to show my gratitude for the fact that Christ loved me so much…. because I do not deserve that kind of love. How can I display that gratitude this week to the world around me?

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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