Passion — Suffering — Feeling Under Pressure — Pascho and Pascha

On December 13, 2012 7:38 AM, "Stephen Williamson" wrote:
Subject: Pascho and Pascha — some thoughts

Hi all

A number of commentators have mentioned how the Greek word suffer (pascho) from which we get those words passion, empathy, sympathy, is very much like that Hebrew word passover (pascha), where a lamb took on the pressure and pain of death and thus relieved the penalty on the household — Luke 22:15-18 — Christ our Passover Lamb, those wonderful words at the very last passover.

22:15 And he said to them, With longing I have longed to eat this passover ("skip over" — pascha) with you before I suffer (as a contrast, literally "sub and ferry" — become an undercarriage — pascho):

22:16 For I say to you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

22:17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and share it among yourselves:

22:18 For I say to you, I will not drink this fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

Interestingly, we know the pressure/pain continues in Christ, figuratively speaking, via the growth of his church. And we are not referring to our own sins of course (1 Peter 2:20), itís because of the ongoing issues that occur because the body of Christ is growing. With the enormous array of ways in which that pressure and yes, some pain too, has to get physically shared.

And we are all invited to be part of this. Yep, we need His help with this one, both in arming our selves to be with Him in intent (1 Peter 4:1), and being thankful

Good old Colossians 1:24

1:24 Who (i.e. Paul) now rejoice in my sufferings for you (i.e. for those young Colossian Christians), and fill up that which is lacking of the pressures of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:

and 1 Peter 4:8

4:8 For love covers (hides) a multitude of sins.

Blessings all Steve

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