Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 17th

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Holy Wednesday. This week as we read about what Jesus did in preparation of the death, burial and resurrection, we get to Wednesday and find that it was quiet.

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.”

“Spy Wednesday”, the Wednesday before the crucifixion that Judas conspired to hand Jesus over. And for this he was paid 30 pieces of silver.

Matthew 26:6-13 “While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, 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. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”  In the evening, Mary of Bethany anoints Jesus with costly perfumed oil.  Judas objects but Jesus rebukes him and says Mary has anointed him for his burial.

There is not a lot found about what Jesus did on Wednesday of this Holy Week but after two exhausting days in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples spent this day resting in Bethany in anticipation of Passover.

I think he rested because he knew God had everything under control. Easter should remind us that God has everything under control and we should also take time to rest. Rest, even if you are in the middle of the most important week of your life.

Dear God, I give you thanks, for you are good, and your mercy is endless. Here I stand, during this holy week, this week in which your church remembers Jesus’ passion and death. I am distracted by many things. Turn my eyes now to the One who comes in your name, the one who opens the gates of righteousness. I bless you, Lord, for shining your light upon me and for sending your Son to us. Open my eyes that I may see Him coming, and may praise Him with a pure heart, and may walk in the way of His suffering and share also in His resurrection. Through, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen. (R Stone)

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