When you are passionate about someone, you express it by showing how much they mean to you. You go above and beyond what is normal, because of your intense love for them.

During this season of Easter, Jesus did just that. That’s why it is called “His passion.” So when a fellow blogger did a post about consoling Jesus, I could not stop thinking about that.

Merciful Jesus, I sometimes, maybe more often than sometimes, take your Passion and death for granted. To be honest, I am more comfortable considering your resurrection because I know that it was not only those at your execution you were forgiving, but me for the sins I commit daily. May my focus on this holiest of weeks be solely on consoling you, begging forgiveness for my sins and offering you my love in return for your sacrifice. Amen

I have never even thought of that. Consoling Jesus for what He went through on the cross. Defined console is: to alleviate the grief, despondency, or other mental distress of; comfort; cheer; soothe; solace; encourage.

Wow, when I think of what that looks like, I just fall to my knees in gratitude. That a loving God wants to have intimate fellowship with Him, and that I can console Jesus is mind blowing.

Then the other night I read this and was further in awe of what Jesus went through.

God sent his son to take our punishment by dying in our place. On its own, mankind has but one option with regard to sin: to die in it and spend eternity separated from God. But the Father so loved the world that he chose to punish His Son in our place (John 3:16). It was a severe price to pay. Holy God cannot look upon the squalor of sin, so when Jesus became sin for all mankind, the Father had to turn away (2 Cor. 5:21). The physical suffering of crucifixion was terrible, but nothing compared to Jesus’ wrenching horror when the Father left Him. The devastated Messiah cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34) Jesus accepted the pain of separation from the Father so we wouldn’t have to. (Charles Stanley Nov 29, 2019)

I think that should give us all pause and really celebrate this Easter.

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20 thoughts on “Passionate

  1. I often, during my prayer time apologize to Jesus about what He endured, feeling it to be totally inadequate, but NEVER considered consolation. I will now. Thanks for providing this new insight. May you have a Blessed Easter Sunday. HE IS RISEN ✝️🕊

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  2. I love this idea: consoling Jesus for all he went through on the cross. Our church held a Maundy Thursday service this week, and there were as many people in the choir as the church congregation. God was present, though! Have a blessed Easter!

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  3. Your post raises an important question for each of us; how do we feel about Jesus and His redeeming sacrifice for us? I admit I am one of those who apply logic to everything, and I even try to apply it to the work of salvation…which is crazy, because God’s redeeming sacrifice of His Son does not make logical sense. It is an act of the utmost Holy Compassion which we cannot begin to understand; we need to feel it in our heart and soul in whatever little way we can – a mere glimpse really. May our hearts feel a tiny bit of His pain, that our eyes may be opened each day.

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  4. His sacrifice, to leave heaven and suffer and shed blood for us 💔 is a love that shatters my ability to comprehend. His ongoing mercy, grace and forgiveness are my greatest blessing. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. Passionate… taking a moment to breathe and consider the wonder of it all. Oh such love the Father has for those whose trust is in the LORD. God’s sovereign passionate longing for reconciliation with His most prized possession [humanity] compelled Jesus’ obedience to the Father to go to the cross, bow His head, and give up His will accepting the momentary pain of separation from His Father so we wouldn’t have to…Oh such love the Father has for us!

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  6. There is an amazing and gut-wrenching book that accomplishes this: “On the Passion of Christ: According to the Four Evangelists” by Thomas à Kempis. It is one of those that you’ll want to read in small pieces. Pray you’ve had a blessed Easter.

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