March 24, 2024 – Sunday of the Passion

Sunday of the Passion

The death of Jesus on the cross is not cause for continued sorrow or ongoing relief. As the Epistle points out, our Lord’s giving of Himself for our sin makes His a glorious death. It causes “every tongue [to] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11). How do we do that? First, our Lord’s death draws us to Him, where we find forgiveness, grace, and mercy. Then, each day we are given opportunity to die to sin ourselves and to receive Christ’s forgiveness. It is an ongoing process that involves interacting with the people around us, with whom we share Christ’s invitation to heaven itself. We sing “Hosanna,” which means “save us.” Because of the cross, we are confident that we have been saved already.