The last two days have been earth shattering:
Jesus wept over Jerusalem’s lack of faith, cursed the fig tree, and cleansed the temple.
Jesus taught them parables and was interrogated by hostile opponents.
Today, Spy Wednesday: Wednesday of the Holy Week.
Spy, A suitable name for Judas’s role as the betrayer; the one who sold his Savior’s life for thirty pieces of silver.
Jesus stays in Bethany and spent a quiet day with friends (Mary, Martha and His disciples) ,
However the days starts with an apocalyptic warning. Matt 26:1-2
When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
Next we focus on the Kidron valley, and this is what we hear:
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 5 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.” Matthew 26:3-5
Interestingly, they said, not during the festivals, but it still happened then, because, nothing is out of order for God. God alone has the authority, and no one took Jesus’ life, for He gave it freely for us. So it happened during Passover for Jesus is the paschal lamb for Passover.
Later, in afternoon, Jesus is anointed. Matthew 26:7-13
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.
8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a] but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Jesus is touched by the woman’s devotion and her discernment to prepare His body for His burial. This also shows that the worship of God comes first, which then helps to make us more charitable and just.
The darkness of this day grows deeper and heavier as we move closer to Calvary.
Judas, one of the twelve, became disgruntled, and the plans to betray His Master, was put into motion. He betrayed Jesus for a large sum of money, but he lost his soul and salvation.
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Mk 8:36
Jesus’ response to Judas’ betrayal:
The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Matthew 26:24
How does it end for Judas:
He commited suicide, and died in sin, without God’s mercy.
Wednesday of Holy Week starts out quietly, spent with friends, but yet one of Jesus’ disciples allows Satan to enter him, and betrayed His Master!
Let us spend this day in prayers and fasting, and ask forgiveness for our sins. We all fall short of God’s glory, but we don’t lose hope like Judas; we pick up ourselves, and trust in God’s mercy and ask for His forgiveness. today or anyday is the perfect day for confessions.
Let us remember we serve a merciful and loving God, and there is nothing God will not forgive us for! Also, use this day to pray for those who have hurt us, and to forgive them too!