Passion Week: words to dwell on


He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

— Isaiah 53:3-6


The word Passion is from the Latin “passio” for suffering. Christians have referred to Jesus’ final week as Passion Week in observance of Jesus’ suffering leading to his death on the cross.

It’s a special week in the Christian calendar every year to remember and honor the death of Jesus. Here are some quotes, verses and hymn to help us reflect this week on the meaning of the cross and Good Friday.

Before we see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.
— John Stott
The cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise godfearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Where will you spend eternity? Heaven or hell? That will be decided by what you do about the cross, because from the cross Christ is asking you to repent of your sin and receive Him as your Lord and Savior.
— Billy Graham
The Cross of Christ... by a creative act, God transformed the torturing to death of an innocent person into a source of new life for innumerable people.
— Frederick Buechner
Suffering invites us to place our hurts in larger hands. In Christ we see God suffering — for us. And calling us to share in God’s suffering love for a hurting world. The small and even overpowering pains of our lives are intimately connected with the greater pains of Christ. Our daily sorrows are anchored in a greater sorrow and therefore a larger hope.
— Henri Nouwen
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
— Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 1:18)
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
— Apostle Paul (Galatians 6:14)

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross,

On which the Prince of Glory died,

My richest gain I count but loss,

And pour contempt on all my pride

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,

Save in the death of Christ my God;

All the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to His blood.

See, from His head, His hands His feet,

Sorrow and love flow mingled down;

Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,

Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,

That were a present far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my soul, my life, my all.

— Hymn by Isaac Watts

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