Easter Wednesday: The day of silence

No one knows what Jesus and his disciples did on Wednesday.  The Bible is silent about that day.  None of the gospel writers mention it.  There are no historical records with those details.  Tuesday had been a long day, and Jesus and his disciples had been reminded of the animosity the Jewish leadership felt toward them.  Jesus knew the days ahead would require great strength, so maybe he decided to give everyone a day to be still, think and pray.  Could it be that what Jesus did on Wednesday enabled him to get up Thursday morning and go to the upper room?

Jesus was drawing huge crowds in Jerusalem, healing the sick and teaching those who came to listen.  Maybe Jesus did some of that on Wednesday, but there are no stories to indicate that.  Wednesday is the silent day of Easter.  Did God want us to pay attention to that fact?  The Lenten season is devoted to preparing our hearts to experience Easter.  Maybe that is the purpose of today.

It is the middle of the week.  If you are blessed to have Friday off, maybe you have a lot to get done today so that you can look forward to the weekend.  Sometimes it is easy to lose the meaning of the holiday, in the preparations for it.  Easter is coming.  Find some time today to sit outside, enjoy the sunshine, the beauty of Spring and the God who created all of that for you.  Then contemplate the days ahead.  What do you want to tell God this Easter?  What does He want to tell you? 

I wonder if Jesus took time that Wednesday to think about Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  That Psalm begins with the words, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  Jesus needed God’s strength and guidance for Easter week…so do we.  May all of us take some time to “be still and know he is God.”

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