The Passion of Christ is the story of Jesus Christ’s arrest, trial and suffering. It ends with his execution by crucifixion. The Passion is an episode in a longer story and cannot be properly understood without the story of the Resurrection.

The word Passion comes from the Latin word for suffering.

The crucifixion of Jesus is accepted by many scholars as an actual historical event. It is recorded in the writings of Paul, the Gospels, Josephus, and the Roman historian Tacitus. Scholars differ about the historical accuracy of the details, the context and the meaning of the event.

Most versions of the Passion begin with the events in the Garden of Gethsemane. Some also include the Last Supper, while some writers begin the story as early as Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered Jerusalem to the applause of the crowds.

The Passion is a story about injustice, doubt, fear, pain and, ultimately, degrading death. It tells how God experienced these things in the same way as ordinary human beings.

Spiritually, the Passion is the perfect example of suffering, which is one of the pervasive themes of the Christian religion.

Suffering is not the only theme of the Passion, although some Christians believe that Christ’s suffering and the wounds that he suffered play a great part in redeeming humanity from sin.

Another theme is incarnation – the death of Jesus shows humanity that God had become truly human and that he was willing to undergo every human suffering, right up to the final agony of death. Another is obedience – despite initial, and very human, reluctance and fear, Jesus demonstrates his total acquiescence to God’s wishes.

But the final theme is victory – the victory of Christ over death – and this is why the Passion story is inseparable from the story of the Resurrection.

The elements of the Passion story are these:
– The Last Supper
– The agony in the Garden of Gethsemane
– The arrest of Jesus after his betrayal by Judas
– The examination and condemnation of Jesus by the Jews
– The trial before Pilate during which Jesus is sentenced to be whipped and crucified
– The crucifixion of Jesus

What is the Passion of Christ? (BBC Religion & Ethics – Christianity)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/history/passionofchrist_1.shtml

Passion of the Christ – Synopsis
http://sg.movies.yahoo.com/The+Passion+of+the+Christ/movie/11791

Passion of the Christ articles/resources – Bible Society
http://www.bible.org.sg/what/passion/passluke.htm

The Mystery of God Dying (Bishop Dr Robert Solomon)
http://www.cac-singapore.org.sg/index.cfm?GPID=8

The Passion in the Land of the Rising Sun (SCCC East Asia news, vol. 1 2005)
http://www.sccc.org.sg/modules/paper/?page=East_Asia_News_-%3E_Passion_of_Christ_in_Japan

Passion ignites world audiences (BBC News, 26 Mar 2004)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3560773.stm

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