Wednesday of Holy Week (Silent Wednesday)

Tuesday marked one of the most active days recorded in the New Testament as there is more recorded about Jesus’ teachings on this day than any other day. Tuesday was filled with parables and teachings both in the temple and from The Mount of Olives. Wednesday on the other hand is virtually silent. There are only three events recorded that could be considered to be on Wednesday and that is because in the Jewish culture the next day actually began at sunset of the previous day [1]. The following marks the three specific events recorded on Wednesday.

Matthew 26:1-16

When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him. “But not during the Feast,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

Then one of the Twelve-the one called Judas Iscariot-went to the chief priests 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. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

woman anointed Jesus feet
Today, Jesus predicted his death once again, but much more clearly this time, He also was anointed for burial in the home of Simon the Leper, and finally Judas Iscariot finalized his deal to betray Jesus. Through these passages we see Jesus preparing for his final days in which He will lay down his life willingly for the sins of mankind that whosoever would believe in him would have eternal life (Jn. 3:15).

Take today to reflect upon what is about to happen in the next couple of days. Think about how you might have reacted if you were one of the twelve disciples who were with Jesus at this time and had heard the things that he said today. Would you have accepted them? How would you have felt? Do you feel the same way today? Can you feel the same way today? What Jesus is about to do is incomprehensible for us as human beings, but Jesus was so much more than just a man. Let us take today’s “silence” to focus on Jesus and what He has already done for us, but is historically getting ready to do for us in the upcoming days.

Thank you Lord for willingly laying down your life for us. We thank you for this day and we simply ask that you would lay it on our hearts the extent of what you have done for us so that as we continue reading about you the next couple of days that we can truly understand just how mighty you are, just how merciful you are. Father reveal our sins to us that we have hidden away so that we may be completely cleansed. Remind us throughout the day to remember and to pray; to take advantage of the silence to hear from you and the Holy Spirit moving within us. We thank you Father. Your ways are remarkable. We thank you for Jesus and we pray in his name. Amen.


References

1] Elmer L. Towns, A Journey through the New Testament: The Story of Christ and How He Developed the Church (Orlando, FL: Harcout Brace, ©1996), 186.

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