For many centuries, followers of Jesus have considered with awe, silence, and renewed commitment His final days. The culminationof His suffering moves us to tears and to action. We cherish His last words. We meditate on the hours leading up to the Cross. We contemplate that rugged instrument of torture as a precious object because it measures the immeasurable. No matter how large we may imagine God's love to be, the cross shows us that His love is larger still.
During His last week, Jesus taught. He argued. He cried out. He answered some questions, parried others, and challenged both enemies and friends with the truth. He stood before His accusers silent. He allowed Himself to be crucified. He died. Those who loved Him as well as they knew how, buried His body and mourned.
But not for long. The new week ushered in a new world. The first day turned out to be so much more than the beginning of another week--Resurrection Sunday cast a bright new light on everything. That is why the experience of Christ's Passion did not end with the moment His heart stopped beating but continues through today and on into eternity.
For the next 365 days, enter deeply into the Passion of Jesus. See Him through the eyes, minds, and words of others who have traveled this journey.
John 3:16 KJV
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.
Thus dear did God hold the world. How dear? That He gave His only-begotten Son for every one in the world who will trust in Him. And how did He give? He gave Him, in His birth as man, in order to be for ever one with us. He gave Him, in His death on the cross as Surety, in order to take our sin and curse upon Himself. He gave Him on the throne of heaven, inorder to arrange for our welfare, as our Representative and Intercessor over all the powers of heaven. He gave Him in the outpouring of the Spirit, in order to dwell in us, to be entirely and altogether our own...Yes; that is the love of God, that He gave His Son to us, for us, in us.
Nothing less than His Son Himself. This is the love of God; not that He gives us something, but that He gives us some on--a living person--not one or another blessing, but Him in whom is all life and blessing--Jesus Himself.