For the last few days I have noticed that people have found their way to my little corner of the Internet by asking questions to Google. Something like ‘What did Jesus do during holy week Monday/Tuesday?’ So you may have found you way here today asking; ‘What did Jesus do during Holy Week Wednesday?’ I can sum up Jesus’ activities in one word.
That’s right all is quiet in the Gospels about the Wednesday of Holy Week. It seems like Jesus took the day off. When we consider the week Jesus has had so far, and when we think about what the rest of the week will be like isn’t it interesting to think about Jesus having a down day with his friends.
What would you do if you had only a few days left to live? Jesus knows the path he is on is heading straight for the cross. He knows the coming pain and suffering. He knows that when everything is said and done the life he is currently living will be over.
If you knew that your time was coming to an end very soon wouldn’t you want to make every moment count? Maybe you would want to say everything you always wanted to say. Profess love to people you never could. Forgive the difficult people in your life. Maybe you’d take the time to impart some parental wisdom to your child, or make extra sure your spouse knows how you feel. Maybe you’d write a letter, or a book, or record a video. Whatever your method you’d make sure you said everything, taught everything, kissed, hugged and visited everyone you could.
Maybe we should expect the same from Jesus.
Jesus after all was running out of time to teach. His disciples still didn’t seem to understand a lot of what he was telling them. He could have healed more people, performed more signs, told more parables. Jesus could have spent Wednesday clearing out the nearest hospital, or writing down some things he knew the disciples needed to remember.
He could have done all of that. But he didn’t.
As far as we know Jesus rested. He took the day off. Amazing isn’t it. It defies conventional wisdom. Everyone knows when you are running out of time, you don’t stop for a breather, you speed up.But not Jesus. He stopped and rested.
I think he rested because he trusted that God had everything under control. Yes the last few days were hectic. And remaining few will be chaos. But Jesus knew God had everything under control, which gave him the peace rest.
Couldn’t you use a little of that peace right now? Couldn’t you use a little rest? Was yesterday crazy? Does today seem worse? Do you have too much to do too little time to do it in? That’s the mindset that says ‘it’s all up to me’.
But Easter should remind us that it is not us against the world. It is God and us against whatever comes our way. So as you continue to prepare yourself for Easter take some time today to rest. Rest, even if you are in the middle of the most important week of your life.