Every year, Christians celebrate the final week of Jesus’ life and ministry known as ‘Passion Week’. Starting on Palm Sunday and ending on Easter Sunday, Passion Week is a time to reflect on Jesus’ final days leading to the cross and empty tomb. But there is one day that has always remained a mystery, until now. You may be surprised…
With just a quick review of the Gospels, we get a detailed description of the daily events during Passion Week. See below:
- Sunday – Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:28-40)
- Monday – Cleansing Temple (Matthew 21:12-17, Luke 19:45-48)
- Tuesday – Teaching/Disciples (Matthew 21:23-25:46)
- Thursday – Upper Room/Communion (Matthew 26:17-75)
- Friday – Crucifixion (Matthew 27:1-61)
- Saturday – In Tomb (Matthew 27:62-66)
- Sunday – Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-13, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18
If you notice, something is missing. In case you thought I had forgotten to fill in Wednesday’s information, I didn’t! There is nothing in scripture that tells us what Jesus did on that final Wednesday. Because of this, it has become known as “Spy Wednesday” to refer to the time when Judas secretly betrayed Jesus by making a deal with the Chief Priests. (Matthew 26:14-16) As a result, people speculate that Jesus didn’t do anything on Wednesday and simply had a day of rest. Although this may in part be true, I don’t believe it provides the whole picture.
Given that Jesus knew of Judas’ betrayal in advance (John 13:21-27), I believe He would have practiced what He preached. Let me suggest that Jesus was doing one thing and only one thing… Praying! I say this because Jesus told His disciples how to respond to those who wanted to bring them harm.
Matthew 5:44-45 – But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.
It seems to me that Jesus, being faced with the sobering truth that one of His disciples was going to betray Him, that He would have been praying! I believe He was not only praying for Judas, but also for the other Disciples to be able to handle the news when they actually found out what was happening. Betrayal is a very hard pill to swallow and when trust is broken, only God can truly help us deal with the hurt feelings that go along with it. It requires a work of God to help settle our emotions and avoid the temptation to payback or take revenge. When we pray for those who have betrayed us, we also make them God’s project rather than taking them on ourselves. So yes, Jesus may have been resting on that final Wednesday, but I also believe he was engaged in a full day of prayer and dependence on God.
Real World Application
If you are feeling betrayed by someone you’ve trusted, take this Wednesday to pray for them. In doing so, you will be stepping into Passion Week with a whole new perspective and understanding of how much God loves you and went through for you.
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