John 2:15-17: "Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: 'Passion for God’s house will consume me'."
The Passion is the Christian theological term used for the events and suffering– physical, spiritual, and mental– of Jesus in the hours before and including his trial and execution by crucifixion.
Christ was passionate about God's people. The scripture above has a lot of layers in it that can easily go unnoticed. All of these salesmen had set up shop in the temple, each one claiming his sheep or doves or whatever were better than the next, and therefore would be a more pleasing sacrifice to atone for the buyer's sins. Instead of the sinner sacrificing his best livestock, he could purchase what he needed at the temple and offer it as a sacrifice. The whole concept became twisted and morally corrupt, when it should have been drawing people closer to God. It ruined the idea of sacrifice, it tainted God's beautiful gift of redemption. It made Jesus angry, and He reacted.
His passion for God's church consumed Him. It fueled every action, every thought, every use of His resources. It was His filter for every word that passed over His lips, and it was the driving force behind His journey to Calvary. "The Passion" is a term that has been around forever, and more recently, associated with the film, but have we ever stopped to realize what that exactly means? Jesus Christ, beaten, exhausted, and standing alone as his friends watched from the back of the crowd, all for His passion.
Are we that passionate about Him? Are we that passionate about anything? Does anything drive us as much as Christ's love for God's people fueled Him?