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The Passion of Christ - Not Just a Lesson in History

A lesson in life to stand up for truth

On this Good Friday, we commemorate the day that Jesus  Christ died on the Cross. We reflect on His suffering and death, His Passion. Passion refers to all of His suffering – physical, spiritual, and mental – and points us to a new way of living.

We call ourselves Christians, the followers of Christ, but how Christ-like are we in accepting humiliation and pain for speaking the truth? How Christ-like are we when we are accused of offenses we did not commit? Will we be humble enough not to strike back and forgive those who accuse us?

We call ourselves Christians, the followers of Christ, but how Christ-like are we in accepting humiliation and pain for speaking the truth? How Christ-like are we when we are accused of offenses we did not commit? Will we be humble enough not to strike back and forgive those who accuse us?


BUTTERWORTH, MALAYSIA (Catholic Online) - To many the Passion of Jesus Christ is a lesson in history where we sympathize with Christ for the sufferings he went through before he died. We find it hard to believe how the people can be so cruel as to inflict the most severe form of pain on a man who we know was innocent.

For Christians the Passion should be more than a lesson in history. It should become a lesson in life, teaching us how to stand up for truth and justice.
The Passion we commemorate is based primarily on biblical accounts of the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. From these accounts we know Jesus was falsely accused, convicted and sentenced, not by fine or imprisonment, but to death by crucifixion, the severest form of sentence a man can possibly get. As if that was not enough, before he was crucified he was humiliated, severely persecuted, whipped, scourged, crowned with thorns, dragged up a hill carrying a heavy cross, stripped of his clothes and then nailed to the cross, watched by many, like a hardcore criminal.
   
What crime did Jesus commit that deserved to be punished in that most inhumane way? It was for proclaiming the TRUTH. Yes, Jesus was tortured, humiliated and killed not for lying, corruption, rape or murder but for telling the truth, the truth which caused so much fear among those in positions of power and comfort. He was a threat to their social security and had to be eliminated at costs.
Throughout the journey of his passion, what was astonishing was the way Jesus humbly accepted his punishment which he knew was unfair and unjust. However he accepted all that willingly without fighting back or defending himself. He did not show even the slightest anger or retaliation for being victimized, falsely accused and sentenced by the kangaroo court that tried him. He did not get angry with those who accused him, Pilate who sentenced him and the Roman soldiers who executed him. Instead he had the great magnanimity to forgive all of them who took turns to insult torture and kill him. It was the highest level of humility that no ordinary man can have. This was in keeping with what was written "He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn't open his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he didn't open his mouth".( Isaiah 53:7). Jesus taught us to love our enemies and to offer the other cheek when struck on one. He demonstrated that he really meant what he said by accepting his Passion so willingly. We call ourselves Christians, the followers of Christ, but how Christ-like are we in accepting humiliation and pain for speaking the truth? How Christ-like are we when we are accused of offences we did not commit? Are we humble enough not to strike back? Do we forgive those who accuse us? What lesson does the Passion of Christ provide us in our own lives? We too in own small ways are often falsely accused, humiliated and punished for standing up for truth, by the authorities in the government, our places of work, families and even in the church. When we are denied our rights we fight back fiercely, sometimes with vengeance. We organize protests, demonstrations, hurl verbal abuses ...we may even resort to violence and wars.  Many of us behave like those who made false accusations against Jesus and wanted to get rid of him. We too make false accusations against those who are against us in order to get them out of our way. We resort to all forms of tactics to succeed. We fail to realize that our efforts cause pain and suffering to the person involved and sometimes to his or her family. There may be others among us, especially those in positions of power, who behave like Pilate, refusing to stand up to public pressure for fear of losing our power. Due to our greed, we succumb to the wrongful demands of the public and wash our hands of the problems of those in need or those who stand for truth.   Like the Roman soldiers who crucified Jesus, there are many among us, who carry out the "execution" of others without empathy or compassion. Even if we know it is wrong, we carry it out anyway for fear of the authorities or some material reward. As we make the final Way of the Cross and read the Passion of Christ this Good Friday, let us reflect on its relevance in our own lives, of Jesus´ actions during his agonizing times. Let his Passion not be just a lesson in history to commemorate Christ´s suffering at the hands of his own people. His Passion is not only something to sympathize or be sorrowful about but a real lesson for us as we encounter the many challenges in our own lives.    Christ´s humility and forgiveness even towards his adversaries is infinite. That is an invitation to us. That kind of love is not just what Christianity is meant to be what humanity is about. The Cross is a sign of love, freedom and hope not sorrow and despair as we often make it to be. Let us pick it up on this Good Friday with the One who transforms it into an instrument of transformation and infinite love.

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  1. Rick
    1 year ago

    I believe it's "talk the walk" and "walk the talk". The majority allowed the minority to tell them what to do. So I guess we are all guilty of the passion.

  2. Joan
    2 years ago

    Bible chapters about the Passion:
    ~Leviticus 16:2 (as mentioned in Heb 10:8)
    ~Psalm 3
    ~Psalm 20
    ~Psalm 21
    ~Psalm 68
    ~Psalm 87
    ~Isaiah 53
    ~Zachariah 3

    ~Matthew 16
    ~Matthew 17
    ~Matthew 27
    ~Mark 8
    ~Mark 14
    ~Mark 15
    ~Luke 22
    ~Luke 23
    ~John 18
    ~John 19
    ~Hebrews 1:3
    ~Hebrews 2:10
    ~Apocalypse 13:8
    ~Apocalypse 20:2

  3. Ranmalie Costa
    4 years ago

    Thank you Lord for showing us how much you love us.May we return you your love by loving every single soul you created on this earth. Amen

  4. Anthony Collins
    4 years ago

    Is there a more grivious injustice in the history of our planet, regardless of any particular faith or athesism, than the earths creator being tortured and murdered by the people who He formed in their own mother's womb. He gave them life; they betrayed Him, caused Him anguish, flailed HIm near to death, humiliated and spat on Him and then nailed him to a tree. Yet, He forgave them as they were doing it. Jesus Christ was and is the Alpha and Omega, now and forever. He proved it! Not only did He talk the talk, He walked the walk. I love Him, without Him, I would not BE.

    Anthony Collins xxx

  5. Earnest Bunbury
    4 years ago

    Jesus came speaking as one "with authority, not as the scribes" and performing miracles, but we have many who appear to do the miraculous and who speak with authority. How to know what is the truth? The answer is in union with God through prayer, fasting, and sacrifice. One does not need to speak only the truth to be persecuted, those of a worldly nature attack with impunity. Unless it is God's will, not defending oneself could be detrimental to ourselves or to others. It is in God, not persecution, that one finds the Truth. Those who protest the Church seeking women's ordination or "homosexual rights" offer themselves as persecuted to those who listen with a false sense of compassion. It is not true compassion to lead others into sin. It is the union with God that transcends the natural world where we find truth in its purity, in the higher, simpler Truth of God. We are all called to this union only achieved by forsaking all for God and doing His will.

  6. Kimo Jones
    4 years ago

    Today is our Lords Passion and Crucifixion and 3:00 PM today Our Lord offers up to all of humanity's imperfections including myself all our injustices and cruelties to each other and God. It is hard to be Christ like in a world, which embraces lies, injustices and self images! Today, I have another opportunity to be who I am Christ like in humility of love and forgiveness towards those who have punished and judged me unfairly to hide their own sins out of anger and pride. I will offer up to Our Lord theirs and my own transgressions to be free of anger revenge and to begin again to live in God's love during this upcoming Easter Season. God is good all the time!

  7. Joel V. Bermudo
    4 years ago


    This is great! Hope we have more of this to constantly remind us of who we are and what we are in this earthly life. We all believe in our Lord Jesus and how He died for us - yet we always find it difficult to follow His ways. This article helps in a great, great way to look inside of me the sufferings of our Lord Jesus. Thank you Jesus, my Lord and Savior!

  8. Matthew
    4 years ago

    Hope, faith and love. He embodied all of these for us. I thank you my lord for your work upon the cross. You saved me and many others sinners with your kindness when we did not deserve it.

  9. Guadalupe Esparza
    4 years ago

    Thank you this help me so much ,It made me think that what Jesus went through for me and everyone..Thank You again Jesus.

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