Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tradition teaches us that Tuesday was a tough day for Jesus. Oh, it was nothing like later days would be, but it was a tough one, nonetheless. After Sunday's avalanche of popularity, one might have expected things to go differently, but what happened on Sunday only seemed to fuel the fear and anger of those chief priests and scribes who saw Jesus as a threat which could not be tolerated. If we read John's gospel, we find reason to believe that the restoration of Lazarus from the dead was the final straw for these adversaries of Jesus. When Jesus came into Jerusalem those pillars of Hebrew power had already decided something permanent had to be done with this upstart Rabbi.
Tuesday is known as the day of confrontation with these powerful antagonist. If there was any doubt that the Jesus problem had to be solved immediately, the Temple cleansing on Monday solidified it. As far as the Hebrew leaders were concerned, His attack on the Temple was not something which could be tolerated. Too many things thought to be nailed down tightly were coming loose. As we read the gospels we see Jesus on Tuesday dealing with one question after another. None really sought His thoughts. All sought to tangle Him up in some issue which could be turned against Him. For example, if He responded one way with the coin question, He turned the people against Him. If He responded the other way, He turned Rome against Him. Of course, none of the questions posed to Jesus on the day of confrontation had the desired results. He only revealed the real motives of those who questioned Him.
Still, it was a tough day. Everywhere He turned there was pressure and the faces of those who wanted to do away with Him. However, it was not yet Friday. It was not yet His time. And as One who was in control, He walked away and out of the city to come another day. He would die as they desired, but He would be in control. What they wanted, He was willing to give. He gave His life not for their purposes, but for the purposes of God. There is no greater reason to live our lives than fulfilling the purposes of God. And, to do it as He did....willingly, out of obedience to the Father.