Holy Week Devotional - Wednesday

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During Holy Week we will be emailing daily devotionals that reflect on what happened each day during Holy Week. We hope and pray the Lord uses these devotionals, and additional resources, to encourage you and grow you in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

These devotionals will be archived on our website, and can accessed here.

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What Happened on Wednesday?

Suggested Readings

Jesus continues his daily teaching in the temple complex*
Luke 21:37-38

The Sanhedrin plots to kill Jesus*
Matthew 26:3-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2

*We don’t really know for sure that these events occurred on Wednesday. This is just one possible option.

Devotional

We don’t know many details of what the days before Jesus’s death looked like. What we do know, is that he continued to preach God’s Word to the people (Luke 21:37-38). Consider the beauty of that... The God of the Universe became flesh, sinlessly lived ~33 years as a man, and now He stands on the edge of what He and the Father and the Spirit had ordained before time had begun—the grand revelation of His character, glory, and love of His people… and what does Jesus do in this time of waiting? He teaches the Father’s will to those who will hear. But this was surely not a lull in His life—Jesus waits in Jerusalem, where he knows immense pain will befall him, and He clings fervently to the Word.

We all face anxiousness in our days, in both big and small ways. Anxiety can fester in situations as ordinary as our impatience in a checkout line, or as complex as a hurting and broken relationship. Though we will never personally know the depths of what Jesus endured, we can look to him as one who faced all temptation and persevered in righteousness. He shows us the tools to fight sin and worry—God’s word and prayer.

Reflection

  1. Look to Matthew 6:25-34 and Jesus’s words about worry—how does this encourage us to live

  2. Read and pray through the prayer Jesus calls us to pray to the Father: Matthew 6:9-13

  3. Read the following excerpt from Douglas Kaine McKelvey’s “Liturgy for waiting in Line”. How does this challenge the way we submit the whole of our lives to worshiping and trusting the Lord?

    “As my life is lived in anticipation of the redemption of all things, so let my slow movement in this line be to my own heart a living parable and a teachable moment.  Do not waste even my petty irritations, O Lord.  Use them to expose my sin and selfishness and to reshape my vision and my desire into better, holier things.”

Worship Through Song

Fight to Hope

Verse 1
Though I've seen Your majesty
I still run and hide in my misery
Prone to wander, naked and alone
Give me ears to hear Your song that brings me home

Pre-Chorus
Lord I believe, help my unbelief

Chorus
We fight to hope, open up our eyes
Raise up our arms we are tired
You are the hope, You are our sight
We lift you up You are the Christ

Verse 2
You walked on water, You calmed the seas
You know my faith is small yet you still say follow me
You have saved and made me clean
But I still choose my shame in spite of what I've seen

Bridge
The Savior calls
That all may know
His Kingdom come
How can we keep silent?
Unbind our feet
Loose our tongues
Cause you have won

Final Chorus
The grave has lost, You've raised to life
Break down the doors, lift up our eyes
You are the hope, You are our sight
We lift you up You are the Christ


Additional Resources

Video: Holy Week - Tuesday

Filmed in conjunction with the book The Final Days of Jesus, this video features short explanations from and interviews with historian of ancient history Paul Maier (of Western Michigan University) and New Testament professor Grant Osborne (of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), focusing on the behind-the-scenes motivations and actions of the Sanhedrin as they plot to put an end to Jesus once and for all.

Holy Week Spotify Playlist

We created a Spotify playlist with music focused on Holy Week. We hope these songs will help you reflect on this momentous week, and help prepare your heart as we reflect on and celebrate these events.