Wanting the Passion of Christ...

     I showed the movie, "Immortal Beloved" several times to the different music history classes I've taught throughout the years. I was amazed at how they portrayed Beethoven. There was a scene where he was listening to someone play piano and responded by saying, "They lack passion."  I think in today's day we tend to misunderstand the definition of passion. 
    Have you ever met someone that seems to be existing but not living? Or have you ever felt like you're just going through the motions? I've felt both at times. But in the grander scheme, I have been challenged to live life -  passionately. 
    The actual definition of the word, "passion" is related to the "sufferings of Christ between the Last Supper and His death." In fact, if you want to break it down, passion really means suffering. As I've read down the line of explanations for the definition of passion, it is also defined as, "a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept." "Intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction." 
     I don't think we will ever really know how Jesus suffered until we get to heaven. Mel Gibson tried to convey Jesus' suffering in his movie, "The Passion of Christ." Besides the grueling visual beatings and torment that were displayed, the part that brought me to tears was when Mary wiped the blood off of Jesus' face as he walked down the road to His death. Imagine what your response would be as you're walking to your death and you are face to face with your mother. I know what I would say..."Mom! Help!" Jesus said to her, "Behold, I make all things new." Now I'm not  sure what Jesus actually said in that moment, but I do know what Hebrews 12:2 says. "For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Jesus overmastered His feelings of suffering, agony, and pain. He had the "passion" to die. 
    We make choices everyday in the big and little decisions that come our way. Suffering may be a result of our choices or just the things that God allows in order to purify us. All we have to do is allow Him to take over and He will give us His desires... His passion. Only God can give us the strength to press on through our circumstances when He instills His passion in us. Regardless of what comes our way, never give up because of what is to come. He is making all things new. Suffering is inevitable, but joy will be the outcome.