Wednesday – A Day of Rest and Silence
For Jesus, Wednesday was a day of rest and he most likely remained in Bethany throughout the day and also spent the night there again. The Gospel accounts are mostly silent in regards to any activity by Jesus on Wednesday – although Luke tells us that Jesus was teaching at the temple each day of the final week of his life – Luke 21:37-38. Jesus, knowing what he was about to endure, probably spent time in the company of his friends only two days before he is to be crucified.
One can hardly imagine what was going through Jesus’ mind on this apparent day of rest. In two days, the “light” that came into a dark and fallen world would be crucified. Jesus would take on the sin of the world and suffer a painful and agonizing death on the cross at Calvary. As I write this today, I am painfully reminded of how much pain and suffering Jesus endured so that my sins and your sins could be forgiven. It gives me greater strength to approach life differently, to live a life that is focused on following my Lord and Savior without hesitation. Jesus reminds us that we are to take up our cross daily and to follow him. That is a calling that we as followers of Christ should not take lightly.
There was much activity going on by those who were plotting to kill Jesus. It could have been on Wednesday that Judas went to the chief priests with an offer to betray Jesus. Matthew 26:14-16: 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.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – only two days from the cross at Calvary.