March 28th, 2018 — IGNITE

For most people Wednesday is a good day. They refer to it as “Hump day,” because it’s in the middle of the week. Once you’re over the hump, it’s all downhill until the weekend. If they can just get through this day they mentally have the edge.

But have you ever looked at Wednesday through the eyes of Jesus. Wednesday is certainly in the middle of the week and it’s most certainly all downhill from here, if you know what I mean! Once Wednesday is over, Jesus will only have a short time left.

Wednesday is a rather quiet day for Jesus. He’s at the house of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in Bethany. The events recorded are at night, so we’re not so sure as to what Jesus did during the day. What would you do if you knew you were going to die two days later?

On this day, Jesus was invited to Simon the Leper’s house for the evening meal. Simon is the father of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. This is actually a celebration for the raising of Lazarus from the dead. There were a number of people who started believing in Jesus because of the resurrection.

As they’re sitting and talking before the meal is served, a woman walked into the house with an Alabaster box full of expensive perfume and anointed Jesus with it to the total indignation and verbalization of some of the disciples. Judas asked why the perfume was wasted like that because it could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus tells everyone that she has just prophetically prepared Him for burial.

It is right after this little spectacle that Judas got up and left the house, probably with a chip on his shoulder for being targeted for his response. He’s headed to the religious leaders to betray Jesus. It’s as if he couldn’t take it anymore. Something snapped in him and He was on the move – going to do what he said he was going to do.

Here’s something for you to think about:

  1. We know Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha.

  2. We also know Judas’ father was Simon.

  3. Mary, Martha and Lazarus’ father was Simon the Leper. What if Simon and Simon the Leper were the same person.

  4. Could it be that Simon the Leper is Simon the father of Judas.

  5. If that’s true Mary and Martha are sisters to Lazarus and Judas.

All of a sudden the parable of the Prodigal Son makes sense doesn’t it? The father said his son was dead and now was alive – was this celebration and Jesus’ rebuke what threw Judas over the edge?

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: It’s so easy to focus our attention on ourselves and what we like and what we don’t like. It’s so easy to be so busy that we miss the events of the day, or in this case the events of our Savior’s life. Yes, it’s Wednesday – hump day – but for Jesus, the days to come will end it all! Where will you be?

Father,
This is the day You’ve made. I want to follow Jesus to the end. It’s in His name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen