The Bible doesn’t say what the Lord did on the Wednesday of Holy Week. Scholars speculate that after two exhausting days in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany.
The religious leaders are even more determined to do something about Jesus. In Mark 14:1 it says;
It was now two days before Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law were still looking for an opportunity to capture Jesus secretly and kill him. Mark 14:1
Jesus however wasn’t real concerned because He knew what was about to happen and He was in complete control. Therefore he was resting.
Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard. She broke open the jar and poured the perfume over his head. Mark 14:3
The next 2 verses continues by saying the following. Some of those at the table were indignant. “Why waste such expensive perfume?” they asked. “It could have been sold for a year’s wages and the money given to the poor!” So they scolded her harshly. Mark 14:4-5
John in his gospel told us exactly how Judas felt about the action of this woman.
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” John 12:4-5
John goes on to say that the motives of Judas were not pure. In verse 6 he came right out and said that Judas was a thief. His attitude was the turning point for the events that led up to the arrest of Jesus. Nothing though, caught Jesus by surprise. He told all of the disciples during the Passover meal who His betrayer was.
Some believe that Judas was trying to force the hand of Jesus to get Him rise up in power. Thus overthrowing the Roman government. His thinking was disillusioned which was motivated by selfish expectations.
Jesus didn’t use his power to overthrow the Romans – like an earthy king might have. When that didn’t happen Judas ended up committing suicide. Keep in mind that both of these two men died. Judas took his life because of his sin. Jesus gave His life because of our sin.
What Can We Take From this Day of Holy week
Usually in the devotions I write, I strive for one main point. But on this Wednesday of Holy week there are three things we must keep in mind.
Let’s first consider the woman who anointed Jesus. She poured perfume on Him that was worth a year’s wages. We must be willing to give Jesus our very best regardless of the cost. When we give of ourselves or of our things, not everyone is going to be happy about it. She wasn’t deterred though and neither should we.
The second thing that we should always remember is nothing ever takes the Lord by surprise. The questions the religious leaders used to try to trap Jesus didn’t surprise Him. He wasn’t surprised when Judas left to make the deal to betray Him. Someone once said, “did it ever occur to you that nothing ever occurs to God?” Because of that we can trust Him for everything in our lives.
The third thing we can learn is a lesson that Judas should have known from the beginning. When Judas tried to force the Lord’s hand, he was saying, “Jesus, I can do things better than you can.”
The fact is, Christ knew how to be the Messiah better than Judas did.
We do the same thing with the Lord. People today desert Christ for various reasons. Why? In their thinking it comes down to, they don’t think He’s doing His job. Namely because He’s not doing it the way they want it done.
Starting on this Wednesday of Holy Week don’t be disillusioned like Judas was. Jesus knows how to be your Savior and Lord better than you do.
All of the other related Holy Week Posts include the following.
- Monday Of Holy Week, Jesus Cleaned Out The Temple.
- Tuesday Of Holy Week, Opportunities Taken By Jesus.
- Wednesday of Holy Week, Jesus Knows How To Be Our Savior.
- Thursday of Holy Week – The Agreement Of The New Covenant.
- Good Friday, The Most Difficult Day Of Holy Week.
- Saturday Of Holy Week – Jesus’ Body Laid In A New Tomb
- Jesus’ Resurrection, The Most Important Event Of Christianity
Today’s scripture is in Mark chapter 14.
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