- Passion is visible, tangible – felt by
others when in the presence of a passionate person
- Apathy is visible, tangible – felt by others
when in the presence of a person filled with apathy
- Apathy drains – Passion stirs, refreshes,
ignites – impacts life.
- Jesus is a passionate person
wept, laughed, sang, angry, sorrowed, grieved
Strength – confronted sin, mentored mission, No to
person, went to the cross
touched unlovable. E.g. woman at the well, e.g. leper, e.g. Peter
- Rev 11:4. His eyes were as a flame
of fire – “flashing lightning”
- John 2:17. “The zeal of your
house…” zeal = to boil, passion!
2. You Are God’s Passion!
(a) God is passionate about you – He
is a passionate, extravagant lover. BELIEVE IT.
- He loves us … not because He has to … we
are His passion and prize.
Hebrews 12:2. “For the joy that
was set before Him endured the cross.
- The cross was the way to demonstrate His
extravagant love nothing was with held.
(b) Jesus = the Friend of Sinners
Luke 15:2. “This man receives
sinners and eats with them.”
- Jesus reached out to connect, accept,
embrace, affirm people.
- The main criticism of religious people –
“Friend of sinners”
Prov 17:17. “A friend loves at all
Luke 7:39. “if this man were a
prophet he would have known who and what manner of woman this is that touches
him, for she is a sinner”
(c) Jesus continually communicated to
people – “You are of value to Me”
Mk 1:41. “Moved with compassion he
put forth his hand and touched him.”
- The leaper was unclean and
untouchable. i.e. rejected
- To be received with open arms, to be held
and told words of love is healing
- Touch soothes the heart and restores the
Mark 5:31-34. “The women with the
- He brought her condition to the light so
she could be restored back into relationship with people.
3. The cross – Gods Passionate Love in Action
(a) No greater Love! (John 15:13)
- The cross = the demonstration of Gods
- The cross = the nature of Gods Love –
- The cross = the foundation for covenant
- The cross = not only what God did but,
how he operates, His way!
- When you meet Jesus you will see the
marks of the cross still there.
(b) The cross – A divine Exchange
- God removed every barrier to
relationship. (Col 2:14)
- Jesus became sin on our behalf – we
became righteous (2Cor 5:2)
- Jesus became a curse on our behalf – so
we could be blessed (Gal 3:13-14)
- Jesus became forsaken on our behalf – so
we could be accepted (Mt 27:46, Eph1:6)
- How could we not love someone who so
passionately loves us?
Luke 7:47…She loved so much – forgiven
- Passionate, expressive, generous love –
from a grateful forgiven person.
(c) We were there at the cross!
- Not physically – but spiritually – we
participated in every part.
- Betrayed him with a
• Struck the nails
- Falsely accused and
• Stood and said if you be Son of God
- Struck him without
• Derived him under pressure
- Mocked and belittled
• Became disappointed and fled
- Drew blood with the
• went back to old ways
- Crowned him with
• didn’t believe when someone told us
- Chose Barabbas instead of
- Crucify him
- In all this He never never stopped loving
- “Friend of sinners” – I qualify – He is a
friend of mine!
4. Passionate Love – The only possible Response!
1Jn 4:9-10. In Him is love – God
1Jn 4:19. We love him because – He
first loved us.
- The woman loved passionately – she
responded to his love!
- Love must be expressed – words and
actions and passion!
- How can we not love Him! – Unless
hardened by sin? (Heb 3:12)
- Attached to other lovers? (Ja 4:4)
2 Cor 5:15. “…no longer live for
selves but unto him who died”
- Passionate love is seen in worship,
obedience, generosity, love for the family of God, commitment to the cause
- The Cross = Reminder of Gods passionate
= The place to return when love goes cool.
= The way of sustaining passion and fire (Lu 9:23)
- Living not for self but for someone else.