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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Passion of Jesus

After three years of public ministry, Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem totally aware that he was about to embark on the most significant event ever in human history, sacrificing himself so that the human race might be reconciled with God.

Arrested and convicted as a political rebel, our savior was crucified on a cross, a horrendously painful death. His garments were divided amongst the Roman soldiers present there and they cast lots for his clothing. His body was taken down and placed in a tomb by a rich follower of his, Joseph of Arimethea. The unknown thief on the cross next to Jesus became the first to believe that "Jesus died for me."

Crucifixion by Albrecht Altdorfer

Only a few days later Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to his followers. He went on to spend 40 days training and encouraging them before ascending up to heaven. Jesus promised them that there will be a "Second Coming", when he will return to the Earth again.

By taking our sins on the cross, Jesus succeeded in reconciling all sinful beings, past, present and future, to his heavenly Father. By rising from the dead, he has given hope to all mankind that trust in him, of a life after death in the kingdom of Heaven.

The word 'Passion' is from Late Latin: passionem "suffering, enduring."

The passion fruit was so named by Spanish missionaries because they thought it symbolized the nails and thorns of the Crucifixion (or the Passion). 

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