Margin Notes: Passion Week – Wednesday


passionToday is WEDNESDAY of Passion Week. Unlike earlier in the week, Jesus did not return to Bethany for the night. Luke tells us – Luke 21:37-38 And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. 38And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.

The Biblical narrative gives us no day-specific information regarding this Wednesday. Unlike the rest of the days which each have their particular events, Wednesday might be reckoned “Silent Wednesday.”

Not that Jesus Himself was silent – as our text in Luke 21 shows.

It is in this silence that we pause to reflect upon it.

Note first: In the last week of His life, He was still bound up with what He had been doing from His being shown forth to Israel – teaching. How He loved the truth. How He labored constantly to bring others to hear it and see it. He is ever about this business. One cannot help but think back to the events recorded in Mark 1. After healing Peter’s mother in law, and then ministering to the multitude of the “whole city” who brought those “sick or oppressed by demons”, the crowds came to Him again the next day. When they could not find Him they went looking for Him. “36And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” (Mark 1:36-38 (ESV)) Such is the premium Our Savior placed upon His preaching. We would expect no less of that focus in these final days than in the first.

Note second: It ought to tell us of what importance this preaching of the Gospel is. To be about it from the first to the last in Jesus’ own ministry is a great instructive for us. In days when people thirst after all kinds of arcane, fanciful or “how to” information from Scripture – we need to retain its central focus. People can become better husbands, better wives, better time managers, I suppose even better lovers (as some would stress so much in our day) and still lose their eternal souls in sin and unbelief. Only the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for those who believe. No matter how many other of the blessings we may partake of in Biblical teaching, if they are not bestowed upon a regenerate soul – they will in the end only see men and women going to Hell having lived happier lives here and now. How cruel of us to give people gems to live by here, while robbing them of what alone can benefit them for eternity.

Note third: Not all that God does is recorded for us. Not that we are bereft of anything needful for our salvation – indeed, 2 Peter 1:3 (ESV) “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” But it also true that Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:25 (ESV)) He is always about His glorious work whether we hear every bit of it or no. God is still God in the silence. He can be trusted. He is holy. If we needed anything more than what was recorded, we can be sure in His love for us we would have it. But He is vested in repeating over and over and over – into the ears of His hearers the same essentials. Laboring right up to His last hours to make the truth known to all He could address.

Oh, what a wonderful Savior!

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