PASSION WEEK Monday. DAY 25.

HAPPY PESACH– first day of Passover!

My heart’s greatest desire I noted Sunday that continues to a hopeful crescendo is this: Passion beyond passion–may this week be a most powerful week of breakthroughs & Resurrection realities!  

I want my heart to seek after my Abba and my soul catch afire in doing so… and focusing on my times with Him this morning and evening brought out an amazing bouyancy in my heart that sustained me through the long day… even after 3+ hours of class and another hour of talking with a classmate, her endless snacking in front of me did not even phase me at all.  Plus, all the things that had to get done today came together so seamlessly that my peace, lighthearted outlook, and lilt in my steps persisted all the day long.

Interesting that the juices I made yesterday were certainly a firey, savory, and strong sort to underscore that passion I am seeking!

1- cucumber, heavy amount of dandelion greens, apple, orange, ginger.  Wow this has a super peppery kick–so I added an apple at the end to soften the edge.

2-apple, fennel shoots (not the bulb this time), ginger, lemon.  (this is a fabulous mixture… just spicey enough with a mellowness to it that was super satiating)

3-celery, red pepper, carrots, jalapeno, Himalayan sea salt, Nutritional yeast. (chock full of vitamin C, this savory treat was wonderful)

Here’s a bit of information on Christ’s passion week:

Question: “What is Passion Week / Holy Week?”

Answer:Passion Week (also known as Holy Week) is the time from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). Also included within Passion Week areMaundy Thursday,Good Friday, andHoly Saturday. Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of His people. Passion Week is described in Matthew chapters 21-27; Mark chapters 11-15; Luke chapters 19-23; and John chapters 12-19. Passion Week begins with the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday on the back of a colt as prophesied inZechariah 9:9.

Passion Week contained several memorable events. Jesus cleansed the Temple for the second time (Luke 19:45-46), then disputed with the Pharisees regarding His authority. Then He gave His Olivet Discourse on the end times and taught many things, including the signs of His second coming. Jesus ate His Last Supper with His disciples in the upper room (Luke 22:7-38), then went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray as He waited for His hour to come. It was here that Jesus, having been betrayed by Judas, wasarrestedand taken to several sham trials before the chief priests, Pontius Pilate, and Herod (Luke 22:54-23:25).

Following the trials, Jesus was scourged at the hands of the Roman soldiers, then was forced to carry His own instrument of execution (the Cross) through the streets of Jerusalem along what is known as theVia Dolorosa(way of sorrows). Jesus was then crucified at Golgotha on the day before the Sabbath, was buried and remained in the tomb until Sunday, the day after the Sabbath, and then gloriously resurrected.

It is referred to as Passion Week because in that time, Jesus Christ truly revealed His passion for us in the suffering He willingly went through on our behalf. What should our attitude be during Passion Week? We should be passionate in our worship of Jesus and in our proclamation of His Gospel! As He suffered for us, so should we be willing to suffer for the cause of following Him and proclaiming the message of His death and resurrection.

Another note on this significance of this week that I find fascinating:  In my mind, a great deal of time is spanned in this next week–what was, is, and shall come–old through new, the Word of God fulfilled.

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