April 13 – Easter Week – Wednesday

Editor:  This week is Easter Week, also called Passion Week and Holy Week.  During each day this week, Every Day with God will focus on some of the events involving Jesus on the different days of this week, which ultimately led to His death and resurrection. 

Read Matthew 26:14-16

Did you ever have a day where you thought you had “nothing to do?”  No items on your “to do” list.  No appointments, meetings or responsibilities.  Just a blank slate.

It’s easy to assume that Jesus had “nothing to do” on Wednesday of Passion Week.  The Gospels don’t record any specific event associated with that day, so we aren’t sure exactly what He did.  Bible students have even dubbed this “Silent Wednesday.”

Wednesday may have been the day Judas chose to betray Jesus.

“Then one of the twelve disciples—the one named Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, ‘What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?’ They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him. From then on Judas was looking for a good chance to hand Jesus over to them” (Matt. 26:14-16).

That’s why some call it “Spy Wednesday.”

So what did Jesus do while His life was being sold for the price usually associated with the purchase price of a slave?

I can imagine Mary and Martha preparing for Passover which required shopping, cooking, and planning. Was everyone around Jesus pre-occupied with important preparations for the holiday?

I can’t say for sure, but I’m convinced Jesus took time on Wednesday to find a quiet spot so that He could sit with His Father His death would be a horrendous ordeal. Whenever He faced significant moments in His life, He spent time with the Father… and this was THE MOMENT for which He had been born as a babe in Bethlehem.  He was about to accomplish the purpose for which He entered the world.

How will you choose to spend your Wednesday of Easter week?  In the same way you spend every other Wednesday?   Are there preparations for Easter you need to accomplish?

Maybe we should spend some of this day like Jesus did. Is there time in your schedule to simply turn the world off, take a walk, and spend some time with your Father?  Why not take time during lunch or during the drive home to simply quiet your heart and think about what Jesus did that Wednesday—and the significance of the events in the days that followed.

Why doesn’t Scripture tell us what Jesus did that Wednesday? Maybe because it was the day Jesus chose to spend privately with God.   After all, that was the pattern of his life. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”  (Mark 1:35).

If Jesus felt the need to get up and pray “a great while before day,” then maybe, just maybe, you and I need to as well. The Father would love to have that time with you.  

Bob Fetterhoff

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