Passion & Desperation

Welcome to Passion Week! 

We as a church will be joining with billions of believers around the globe to remember, reflect on, honor, and celebrate the week leading up to Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.

As I was preparing for the week this morning, I was struck by a question. 

Do I NEED Passion Week?

If Passion Week never happened…

If Jesus never shared an intimate last meal with his disciples…

If He wasn’t betrayed by one of His own…

If He didn’t carry the burden of my sin and yours…

If He didn’t die on the cross, making payment for our sins…

If the veil wasn’t torn…

If He didn’t emerge from the tomb victorious over death…

Would my day to day life be different? 

Do I live desperate for the events of Passion Week to have actually happened?  Does my life show that I depend on Christ’s actions (not my own) on the last week of His life?

Perhaps this question has come as a result of the Radical Book study.  Here are two excerpts from a chapter about the importance of relying on God’s power.

“The question for us, then, is whether we trust in his power.  And the problem for us is that in our culture we are tempted at every turn to trust in our own power instead.  So the challenge for us is to live in such a way that we are radically dependent on and desperate for the power that only God can provide.” (David Platt)

“Would you say that your life is marked right now by desperation for the Spirit of God?  Would you say that the church you are a part of is characterized by this sense of desperation?” (David Platt)

May we live in such a way that shows that we are desperate for a Savior who clothes us with righteousness by taking away our sins, conquers death, and grants us access to the power of the Spirit of God.

Blessings,

Josh

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