To best understand what it means to have “Passion For The Christ” we must first try to understand “The Passion Of Christ” and what it meant for the world and for our redemption.
Jesus not only became our sin, but also took the payment for our sins and the death sentence that separated us from the God of all Creation.
Jesus endured the broken heart of betrayal from Judas Iscariot, unimaginable pain of being deserted by His disciples, denied by His closes friend, forsaken by His own people, the pain and agony of torture and scourging, and the extreme loneliness hanging on the Cross.
And when we come to realize what God has forgiven us for, we would then know His Grace and Mercy through the Power of His everlasting Love.
When we look at ourselves and our own unrighteousness we will begin to see and understand the “Passion of the Christ”.
When we realize what Messiah actually accomplished that day on Calvary we will begin to understand what it means to have the Passion “for” The Christ. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, and rose again to offer us eternal life. Only you can decide to accept His free gift of Salvation.
Let's pray; Righteous Father, I am eternally thankful for the Passion of the Christ. I am forever grateful for the sacrifice He made for me. He gave His life in exchange for mine, that I could come with blessed assurance, into the presence of your Righteousness. We eternally Thank You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
John 3:16 “For God so Loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
What Jesus accomplished that day on Calvary was greater, and more powerful, then any could ever imagine by our own intelligence or intellect. And that was to reconcile a fallen and sinful people back to the Holy and Righteous Creator.
And by the resurrection of the Christ signifying victory over death and the grave, freedom from the bondage's of sin, and to receive the Holy Spirit to teach us the passion for Christ, by helping us understand what the Passion Of The Christ means for the “Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.
It was Gods eternal Love that redeemed man, even before we ever disobeyed Him and committed our first sin against Him in the Garden.
It was with great Passion that Christ denied Himself to achieve the impossible, redemption and reconciliation. Human words could never accurately describe the heart of Christ, and the depth of His Love that lead Him to Calvary. God's promise is His Holy Spirit will fill our heart and teach us real Passion for Christ.
Why Jesus agree to give His life for a people that intensely hated Him? Why did He endure the humiliation, the cursing and the spitting in His face, the beatings He took from His own people BEFORE the torturous scourging from the Roman soldiers? And why would He suffer the agony of the cross for a people who didn't want Him anyway, who resisted Him every step of the way while He was with them, and was glad that He would die. And to lie about His resurrection?
And finally, why did He suffer and die for a people who were not even born yet, knowing that one day they would join in the jeers, and hold the same views and opinions of our Lord Jesus Christ? We will see the Truth, if we just open the eyes of your heart.
We could never really understand the gravity of the Passion that took Christ to Calvary, nor the ramifications of denying death and resurrection. We can only, through faith, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to teach us how to be faithful, and teach us what it means to live a righteous life for Him.
We have failed God in the greatest commandment of all; To Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: and to Love thy neighbor as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these (Mark 12:30,31).
It breaks my heart to see the declining of Biblical Morals and Values in the world around us. In our neighborhoods, in our schools, in our young people, in our churches and even from our pulpits. Is it because we don't understand, or we just don't really care anymore?
If we don't understand the “Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself” part, how then can we ever expect to understand the Love that took Christ to Calvary? Love is of God, because God is Love, and without the Holy Spirit, we will never know how to love Christ.
But God knew before hand all these things would come to past, and in His infinite Wisdom, and Understanding of every thought and intention of every human heart, prepared a way before the foundation of the world, for us to be saved, forgiven, and reconciled, through Jesus, the Christ, our Savior and Lord.
According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him, in Love, (Ephesians 1:4)
And Jesus, being the brightness of His Glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His Power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, and sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3).
Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the living God, is)the only one who could have had that kind of Mercy, Compassion and Indisputable Power, who's eternal Love was sole purpose He came into the world.
Messiah's commandments for His people have always reflected His Passion to reconcile, and for us to understand the depth of His Love.
God is Immutable, Love that never changes. His Will and Purpose for mankind has never changed. From the creation of the Universe, to the day our Lord Jesus paid the price for our sins, from the Resurrection of Messiah, to His return to earth for His faithful as promised, to the establishment of the New Jerusalem, His ways are prefect and His Judgments are True and Just.
But the Churches today seems to of lost the passion they once had for Christ, which is evident by the lack of love and compassion for one another.
And somehow we've grouped ourselves into a massive social club believing that a religious precepts and denomination will save us. So where is the righteous encouragement? Where if the biblical fellowship in the Truth? And what place have we given uncompromising Truth in our lives and from the pulpit?
“Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25)
The Pharisees, with the Sadducee's, came and tempting Him, desired that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather; for the sky is red. And in the morning, It shall be foul weather today; for the sky is red and lowering (overcast). O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? (Matthew 16: 1-3)
The absence of exhorting one another in Truth; The compassion for the lost; The sense of urgency to save souls; A real hunger for true fellowship with the Father, Righteous and Holy;
Is there any wonder why the world is in the shape it's in today?
Deep yearning for Christ is when your mind is stayed on Him all the day long, to worship Him in the beauty of His Holiness when you are alone with Messiah.
We can only be as passionate for Christ as we are when we're alone, when no one is watching. And there is no greater experience with God then there is when your alone with Him in His presents.
Folks doesn't your heart yearn for God anymore? Doesn't your very existence cry out for joy at the very mention of His Name? Don't we want to understand the things of God anymore? When we finally get to the point when we realize how far we've drifted from the Truth, will you then finally come clean with God, and with all your heart surrender to Christ, who has made you free. Hopefully you'll begin to understand what it really means to have Passion for the Christ.
If God granted you only one request, what would you ask for? Would you seek worldly possessions? Would you look at the world in it's current state and ask why? Or would you ask for what King Solomon asked for; an understanding heart?
The Holy Spirit will teach us to understand the way of God, and guide us in the understand of the Passion that Christ had that took Him to the Cross, and what it really meant for us.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever ye shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it you. These things I command you, that ye Love one another (John 15: 16,17).
God is Holy and Just, and is worthy of all Honor and Glory because He is Righteousness, for He is the Creator of all things. Jesus is “the Righteous” and paid with His very Life, and is worthy to be seated on the throne in our hearts and in our lives. Will you once again make Him “Commander In Chief” of our hearts.
Not my will Father, but your Will. Please forgive us for being so blind. Bless us with your presents, and fill us with your Holy Spirit, and with understanding.
In a Christ-less society, Religious Passion has always been the reason for rage and anger, to justify hated, racism, bigotry, murder of innocent children and adults, terrorism and mass execution of everyone outside their religion. (Bigotry=one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred and intolerance)
But if you are willing to stand strong, Justice and Righteousness will be your Passion for Christ, and the reason we surrender ourselves to Him and His perfect Will for our lives, living by faith and not by sight, trusting that God will accomplish the work He has begun in you until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. But until that day, His hand is outstretched still.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1: 18,19).
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear (reverence for Gods Word).
Having a good conscience, that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. (1Peter 3:15&16).
Sanctify= To make holy: Consecrate: To free from sin
It is virtually impossible for man to be holy without the risen Christ in his heart. It is equally impossible for man to prevent the Word of God from accomplishing His purpose.
But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil. (2Thessalonians 3:3)
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater,
So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth; it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I send it. (Isaiah 55: 8-11)
How can we sanctify the Lord in our hearts? By yielding to His Holiness, receiving His forgiveness of sin, and by allowing Christ to consecrate His Love in our heart and allowing the Holy Spirit to govern our lives.
You can choose to be passionate in your service to Christ our Lord, or you can choose to go AWOL. You can choose to completely trust God with the life He has given you; or you can passionately be ungrateful and disobedient to His Word, rebelling against God every step of the way to the grave. God won't make that choice for you. The choice is yours to live by. Life is short, and eternity awaits.
But realize this very important scripture verse when making your decision;
…..I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.....(Deuteronomy 30:19)
Realize this, that the consequences of your choices not only effect your life, but also those that are a part of your life as well; wife, children, family, friends, and so on.
Children, are the most impressionable and influential and will likely grow up with the same disposition and outlook as like the person who had the most influence on them. They will probable emulate actions, spoken words, movement, opinions, likes and dislikes both positive and negative, until they develop their own.
Therefore your decision to choose life or death, blessing and cursing WILL effect your seed, children, grandchildren, and so on. So now is the most critical time to reason with yourselves as to the legacy you want to leave your family.
Be ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath;
Neither give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:26&27).
To be angry and sin not, is to see sin for what it is, rebellion against Gods Righteousness.
Judge sin according to the Word of God. But NEVER judge the person.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. (Matthew 7:1)
Judgment of a persons heart is the Authority and is the sole responsibility of Jesus Christ Himself.
For as the father hath life in Himself, So hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself;
And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
Marvel not at this; for the hour is come, in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice,
And shall come forth: they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:26-29).
Never compromise the Truth, people of God. We must see sin as it really is, complete “contempt against the Universal Authority and Righteousness of God”.
That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
God hath not called us to uncleanness, but to Holiness. ( 1Thessalonians 4:6,7)
Jesus displayed the depth of His Great Eternal Love for the world by His obedience to the Father. Mercy reflects the value of every soul of those who would ultimately reject Him, and those who would believe in Him and on His name.
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know that even now, whatever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it to thee. Jesus said unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this? And she saith unto Him, Yea Lord; I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, who should come into the world (John 11: 21-27).
Interesting proclamation from Martha, the sister of Lazarus whom Jesus would raise from the dead. What a great example of faith and trust she had in our Lord Jesus. She believed with all of her heart, soul, and mind, that Jesus was the Christ regardless of the physical state of Lazarus.
The Love that took our sins and transgressions to the Cross, is the same Love our Lord Jesus has for the world today.
By your own faith, He will raise up a Passion in your heart that was once nonexistent, and cleanse your soul, and to walk worthy of Him like never before.
God Loves you, and will accept you, no matter what physical, mental, psychological or spiritual condition your in, or you thing your in. God Can and Will rescue your soul from the bondage's that keep you captive, and raise up a new person in Him. You just have to Trust Him, and Love Him, and desire for Him to save you from the wages of sin. Will you, over all else, choose Him today?
Will you, once and for all, decide to follow Christ the Lord who exchanged His life for yours.
If our Lord Jesus asks you today “who do you say that I am” what would your answer be? Would you say that “He is the Christ, the Son of God”, or just a good person? Actually the question should be;
Is He Your Christ, Son of the Living God?
If my people, who are called by my Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land (2Chronicles 7:14).
Seeing, then, that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of Grace, that we might obtain Mercy, and find Grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4: 14-16).
I will sing of mercy and judgment; unto thee, O Lord; will I sing. I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes. I hate the work of those who turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. A forward (perverse) heart shall depart from me; I will not know a wicked person. (Psalms 101: 1-4)
God will never forsake you. God always has and always will care for you. He is our provider of all things. He is a friend that will never leave you or forsake you.
A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
Jesus, the lamb of God, who should take away the sins of the entire world. Blessed are you Lord God above all creation. Righteous are your ways. Holy are your thoughts toward us. Thank You Father for the Passion of the Christ. Thank You Lord for saving my soul.
And this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord: I will put My laws in their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiness by the blood of Jesus.
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh,
And having an high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for He is faithful that promised), (Hebrews 10:16-23).
By His death and resurrection, we are made alive and free in Him. He will give us a new beginning, with a purpose unlike before. He will place a Passion in our hearts for the Lord Jesus Christ that we never knew existed. With Grace and Mercy, He will guide our lives, and teach us His ways. We will never again have to look back and be ashamed, but rather looking forward to who we are in Christ, and who Christ is in us. Our Heavenly Father will see His Son in us, and forgive us our sins.
Faith is a journey, that will always lead you to the most personal, and intimate relationship with God, and the knowledge of His Will, and a greater understanding of His Person. His promise to you is His companionship to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He who testifeth these things saith, “Surely, I come quickly”. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22:20,21)
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our lord Jesus Christ.
Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it. (1Thessalonians 5: 23,24)
The PASSION For The Christ
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is
the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to
eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:
though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may
in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of
the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.