Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Christ's Final Hours. The Passion.

     Passion is the book to read when you need to be brought to tears again by the hours of Christ's Passion.
My spirit so often dries out, and God's word seems to bounce off of me, and it takes a good hard rain of Scripture to soften it again. The story of the passion is a hard rain.
     And He walked away from them and fell to His knees and prayed, and his sweat was bloody on his face as he wrestled in prayer...
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me!" 
  "Yet not my will, but Thine be done."
    "Are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
     "Am I leading a rebellion, that you come after me with swords and clubs?"
        And seizing Him, they led Him away...
         "Woman, I don't know Him!" said Peter.
           They began mocking and beating Him. "Prophecy, who hit You?"
            "If you are the Christ, tell us!" 
              "We have found this Man subverting our nation." 
                "He claims to be King."
                  "I find no basis for a charge against this Man!" 
                    "Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Give us Barabbas!" 
                      "Father, Forgive them! They know not what they do!"
                        "THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS"
                          "Jesus, remember me in your kingdom." "Today, you will be with me in   
                              "Father, into your Hands I commit My Spirit."
                                And they took down the Body, and wrapped it in linen and laid Him in
                                 The Tomb." 
                                  "Touch Me and see. For a Spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see 
                                     that I have." And when He said said this, he showed them His hands and 
                                      His feet.
We see Jesus in Passion, God and Man, torn, beaten, bloodied, mocked, pushed beyond the limits of all suffering, and then going further. To the Cross.Taking the wrath of our Just God upon Himself. Dying so we could share His life. We see our desperate need for our LORD and Savior.

    Passion is nourishing book, that feeds our hearts as we meditate upon the final hours of Jesus life. It is a sweet reminder of Jesus' great love for us. It is sweet because He drank the bitter cup of wrath and death, and gave us forgiveness and resurrection joy.

    Passion looks at the character of Pilate, The Crowd shouting Crucify Him, Barabbas and the Thief on the Cross who mocked Him, and I realize- that is me. In my natural state I would have been in that crowd shouting the same thing. I would have been the thief demanding to know why Jesus doesn't save me from death instead of the thief saying After death, I want to be with You, Jesus.

    Passion follows the account of Luke's Gospel, and Old and New Testament passages are quoted to show how the pieces of time and history came together. Christ on the Cross was the event the Prophets proclaimed would save us, and Christ's work on the Cross is illuminated as the way of salvation in the New Testament.

     The hymns at the end of the chapters say what I am feeling as I read, but don't have words to express. Which is why the hymns on the Cross were written, Mike McKinley explains, because we can't put the glory of Jesus in ordinary words.

Crown Him the LORD of years, the potentate of Time, 
Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime. 
All hail, Redeemer, Hail! For Thou hast died for me! 
Thy praise and Glory shall not fail, throughout eternity!* 
*"Crown Him with many Crowns" by Matthew Bridges and Godfrey Thring

 This is a thoughtful book. Passion would be a wonderful choice for devotional reading. It is written so that you think about what you are reading, and meditate on the Scripture that begins each chapter. By page 20, I was whispering Thank you God, Thank you God, Thank you God for going through this for me.
    I am blessed to have received Passion from Cross Focused Reviews.

1 comment:

  1. Faith,

    Great review! I especially loved the slowly indenting text in the body of your review. Nice touch. ;-)

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews