The passion narratives gives us insight into understanding the suffering that Jesus Christ had to go through before his crucifiction. The pain he had to undergo was "excruciating", which literally means 'out of the cross' and the period leading to his arrest and trial was so mentally and physically extreme that Jesus Christ was sweating blood. He cried in anguish, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."
The season of lent is not merely a time where we mentally transport ourselves back into history to this significant time but rather the practical implications of Christ's death demands that not only believe and accept his act of redeeming us on the cross but also that we all put our old natures to death everyday. C.S Lewis vividly articulates the meaning of dying to ourselves in his book Mere Christianity: "It means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into for thousands of years. It means killing part of yourself, undergoing a kind of death."
Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:23,24 writes,'to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.'
Contributed by Paul V. Kumar