Wednesday of Holy Week
The gospel writers do not tell us what Jesus did on this day sometimes referred to as “Silent Wednesday.” I have thought about what Jesus might be doing today. Resting. Having dinner with his friends and disciples. Praying alone. Healing. I don’t know.
Lots of movies have been produced over the years representing what Christ’s life might have looked like for some of us visual learners – and everyone else, too. Lori and I watch Mel Gibson’s “Passion of Christ” on Good Friday night. The movie is definitely not for the feint of heart, but I believe comes closest to picturing the reality of the gruesome and horrific death of our Friend.
The pictures below are from Matthew: The Visual Bible. When I first watched this video series which is word for word from the book of Matthew, I was captured by how Jesus was portrayed as a man of joy, laughter, warmth, relationship, and tenderness. So very inviting! We love you Jesus, thank you so much for loving us and showing us the love of the Father!
Old Testament Parallel
Isaiah 50.4-9 Coming face to face with the Passion of Jesus described in great detail.
- O tarry, and await the LORD’s pleasure; be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; wait patiently for the LORD. Psalm 27:1
- Show us your mercy, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. Psalm 85:7
- For you are my hope, O Lord GOD, my confidence since I was young. I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; my praise shall be always of you. Psalm 71:5–6
- For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room, and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84:9
- Save me, O God, for the waters have risen up to my neck. I am sinking in deep mire, and there is no firm ground for my feet. I have come into deep waters, and the torrent washes over me. I have grown weary with my crying; my throat is inflamed; my eyes have failed from looking for my God. Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; my lying foes who would destroy me are mighty. Psalm 69:1–5