Passion Week Meditation

The Passion Week reminds us that Jesus’ suffering is not merely a blip on the historical radar.  It is so much more significant.  In fact, there is no greater event than Jesus’ death on the cross two millennia ago.  The work of Christ is the sun in the universe of God’s purposes as the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 1:9, “making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ.”

Once we realize that the work of Jesus is central to the mind and heart of God we are forced to grapple with the significance of all that transpired leading up to, during, and following the death of Jesus including His Triumphal Entry, His betrayal, His Jewish and Roman trials, His crucifixion, His burial, and His resurrection.  We must ask ourselves the orientation question, “Who do I say that Jesus is in light of this sequence of events?” followed by the application question, “What place does Jesus have in my life?”

Palm Sunday answers the orientation question with, “Jesus is King!”  Palm Sunday answers the application question with, “Jesus should be the Lord of my life.”  His rightful place is Sovereign of my life.  As the song writer expressed it, “King of my life, I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be” (Jennie Evelyn Hussey, “Lead Me to Calvary”).  The Lordship of Christ in my life means that every thought, word, and action has as its aim to please my Savior (cf. Psalm 19:14; Romans 6:13).  The risen Christ declared, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18).  Consequently, “All authority in the universe is his, and all creation owes its allegiance to him” (John Piper, What Jesus Demands from the World, 26).  Because Jesus is Lord, we are strangely off-kilter when we forbid Him to take His rightful seat on the throne of our hearts.

Is Jesus Lord of your life?

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