Wednesday of Passion Week

Apr 08, 2009

Richard Gotthardt

Wednesday of Passion Week

Mark 14:1-2

Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some sly way to arrest Jesus and kill him. “But not during the Feast,” they said, “or the people may riot.”

Luke 21:37-38

Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.

Today, simply notice the contrast between the activities and movement of Jesus and the religious leaders.  Jesus is teaching at the temple- openly, publicly, available and accessible to any and all who would come.  And the teachers of the law- well, they’re not teaching, are they?  They are plotting, scheming.  They gather in secret and make plans to do away with Jesus in some “sly way”.  Openness versus hidden-ness.  Light versus dark.  Courage versus paranoia.  The frontal assaults of the previous day in the temple hadn’t worked.  Instead of catching Jesus in a theological snare, they had been stumped, silenced.  Shame-faced and seething, they are determined to commit murder to shut Jesus up.

But before we shake our heads and thumb our noses at these people, let’s allow them to hold a mirror to our own souls.

Have I ever been embarrassed publicly by another person- regardless of their motives?  What was my heart response to that person/persons?

What is the condition of the hidden places of my heart?  What is found there?  Anger, jealousy, bitterness?  Envy, fear, pride?

Allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart today.  Invite Jesus to do a thorough examination.  Welcome the light of His truth, even when it stings.  And let Jesus remind you again that you are His forgiven son or daughter, and you are free. Free to live in His grace, His truth, His light.

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