The “Passion Week” recalls the week before Easter consisting of the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ.
Why “passion?” It comes from the verb pascho (Acts 1:3) where it says Jesus showed “Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs.” There, the word passion means “to suffer,” particularly in reference to Christ’s sufferings and death.
As we watch the events of this week unfold, we reflect on the plot to kill Jesus (read: Luke 22:1-6) and remember His passion.
Later, on the day of Pentecost, Peter puts this plot into perspective when he says to the Jews:
“Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him.”
(Acts 2: 23)
“Father, You used the hands of lawless and sinful man to accomplish Your plan. As I think of Jesus’ suffering, I know that we should not blame Judas, the Jews or the Roman soldiers for His death. No one took His life but He gave it. I realize that my sin nailed Him to the cross! I am amazed by Your plan to redeem my sinful soul!’