Holy Week Wednesday
As you may know, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the most important week in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the day when Jesus entered Jerusalem as the Messiah, riding on a donkey and receiving the praise and adoration of the people who waved palm branches and shouted, "Hosanna!"
But what happened after that? What did Jesus do on the following days until his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday?
Well, according to the Gospels, Jesus did many things during Holy Week. He taught in the temple; he confronted the religious leaders; he predicted his betrayal and death; he celebrated the Passover with his disciples; he prayed in Gethsemane; he was arrested, tried, mocked, beaten, and crucified.
But what about Wednesday? What did Jesus do on that day?
After two days of activity in Jerusalem, we come to a silent day; we can not tell what Jesus did on this day because Scripture is silent. That does not mean nothing was happening.
14 Then one of the Twelve–the one called Judas Iscariot–went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. Matthew 26:14-16 (NIV)
One possibility is that Jesus rested Wednesday and prepared for his imminent suffering and death. He knew what was coming and needed time to be alone with his Father and his closest friends. He might have stayed in Bethany, where he had been staying since Sunday night, at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, whom he loved dearly. He might have enjoyed their hospitality and comfort and shared some intimate moments with them.
Whatever Jesus did on Wednesday, we can be sure that he did it with love and obedience to his Father's will. He did not waste any time or opportunity to fulfill his purpose and glorify God. He did not let fear or doubt stop him from doing what he came to do: to die for our sins and to rise again for our salvation.
Ponder This: As we reflect on what Jesus did on Wednesday after Palm Sunday, let us also ask ourselves: What are we doing today? How are we spending our time and energy? Are we following Jesus' example of love and obedience? Are we ready for what lies ahead?
Come back tomorrow for our post on Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday! - Please share this journey with a friend as we draw near to Christ and His Cross and Tomb.
Feel free to leave your comments or questions below. God bless you!
<>< Pastor Craig