Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pondering Passion

He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities: all things were created by him and for him.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

I lay down my life--only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.

You do not realize that it is better that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.... So from that day on they [the priests] plotted to take his life.

I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He.

Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

This is my command: Love each other.

Father, the time has come.

My kingdom is not of this world...I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.

Here is the man...shall I crucify your king?

Finally Pilate handed his over to them to be crucified.

It is finished.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Now THAT is passion.

Scripture from the NIV Bible, Zondervan Press.
Colossians 1
John 3, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17,18, 19
1 Peter 2
1 John 2, 4

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