Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.” (Mark 14:1-2)
Evil never rests. It has been working overtime for far longer than any of us can remember. On the other hand, Jesus is silent on this Wednesday of Holy Week.
After a jam-packed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Jesus is silent on Wednesday. Unlike Tuesday, where Jesus filled chapters of teaching on what was about to happen both short term and long, not a single word is recorded about Wednesday.
What was he doing? If his previous patterns are any indication, it would not be a stretch to say he was probably praying and resting for what was about to come. For us to fully understand the Passion of Jesus, we need to understand that the events of Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday did not come as a surprise to Jesus.
Yet the religious leaders were busy talking on Wednesday. They were brainstorming ideas on how to silence Jesus permanently. The problem was the crowds who seemingly adored Him. They needed some kind of workaround. They needed someone on the inside who could tell them where to find him away from the public eye. Their plotting would soon be rewarded after Judas went to the chief priests and asked, “How much will you give me if I turn him over to you?”
Evil never rests. It is busy 24/7 seeking ways to lead us away from the God of life and to hasten our travel down the road to destruction. So, we turn from evil and we look to the Redeemer of life, for it is in Him we that see a different path - a path that leads us to eternal life. Amen.
Pastor Bryan E. Drebes
Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 1997. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. He served a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, followed by eight months at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Missouri on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas on September 9, 2001. He served Bethany for 14 years. Pastor Drebes accepted a Divine