Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sunday was filled with the hollering crowd. Monday was filled with the sounds of a Temple being turned upside down. Tuesday was filled with voices of anger. Wednesday brought quietness into Jesus' world. Some say He did not even go into the city on this day, but stayed away for a day of much needed solitude. However, Luke tells us He spent each day in the Temple with the nights being passed at the Mount of Olives. (21:37-38) Matthew and Mark both talk of Jesus visiting with Simon the leper at Bethany on Wednesday and report He was anointed with costly oil by an unknown woman. Jesus spoke of the anointing as His preparation for the burial which was only days away. The Scripture does not always tell us all we would like to know and certainly this is one such instance.
But, one thing is clear. It was a different kind of day. Away from the noise and clamor of all that was stirring around Him, Jesus had a day that was strangely quiet and uneventful when compared to all that had happened earlier in the week. It is as if He intentionally drew aside so that all His inner resources would be tuned to the Father's will. The final part of the journey awaited Him and surely this day in Bethany was a moment for final preparation.
Most of us would do other things when we face the pressures and stresses of life. Most of us get our personal battle plan ready when we feel threatened by folks who mean to bring no good into our lives. Instead of being able to listen to the voice of the Father, we can only hear the voices in our head helping us to determine our best option for overcoming. What Jesus points us to is really the best option for overcoming. What we see Him embracing as the best option was listening for the sound of the Father's voice and depending on it for direction. We can do no better when our world seems to be coming apart at the seams and chaos clamors for control. Listening to the Father. Depending on the Father. These are the kind of things which ready us for the whatevers of life.