Passion for the Pain
Monday night I went out for a 5 mile run. This was after doing the longest run of this cold spring the day before of 11.5 miles. The pain I felt with each step was pushing my limits. Then add in the fact the sun had gone down and there was a brisk cold wind pushing in our last “winter storm” of the year and running suddenly did not seem like a good idea. Every corner we turned the wind seemed to keep blowing in our face. Tony and I had already set out and after about 5 minutes of complaining about how my legs felt they were going to snap in half at mid shin and how cold the wind was I decided to shut my mouth and press on.
I began to think that I could keep complaining or I could try to find some enjoyment and fulfillment in my run. Not every situation in life is comfortable but many of them are still necessary. You see if I am going to run 31 miles through root and rock infested terrain I am going to have to find some sort of a way to become passionate about the pain that will accompany it.
Passion is a word I hear often this time of year as we have just passed through Easter and the remembrance of Jesus Christ dying for our sins. As I walk through life these past few days I note pain with each step. After a while it gets to you a bit and the human thing to do is to whine and complain. The pain made me think of what Jesus endured so that our sins would be forgiven. This is where the term passion comes from…..
Passion stems from the Latin work pati, meaning “to suffer.” The stem pass comes from the word passive meaning “capable of suffering.” Pass was coined in the early 16th century to denote “the suffering of Christ on the cross.”
Jesus was passionate about saving us. He was capable of suffering for us through the love of his Father. The pain I suffer form during my training is a reminder of how blessed we are. Jesus did not just suffer physically but he also suffered in worse ways. He was scorned and hated by those He came to save. How painful would that have been? Having His unconditional love not only denied and thrown back at Him with such hatred. That to me must have been more painful than the physical suffering her endured. King Herod tried to save Jesus but the people screamed for his death:
“Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty.” “So I will have him flogged, but then I will release him.” Luke 23:15-16
Then the unspeakable occurs and the crowd forsakes Jesus for a known and guilty criminal:
In Luke 23:18 it states, “Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!”
Jesus had done nothing wrong yet he was sent to his death. Even after all the physical pain, emotional hurt and feelings of abandonment Jesus still had Passion for our souls. Imaging the kind of love and forgiveness he must have held for us! Jesus last few days were by no means comfortable but they were very necessary if our sins were to be forgiven. What would it be like to experience that amount of passion for pain? What kinds of things are you passionate about? Are you passionate about Jesus? I know he is passionate about you!
I don’t believe God wants us to suffer like Jesus did, but He does want us to live as Jesus would have, loving one another and sharing our love with those who don’t know the “passion of Jesus.”