There is very little written in the scriptures about the Wednesday before Easter. The intriguing title of “Spy Wednesday” comes from the suggestion that it was the day that Judas Iscariot negotiated a price with the Chief Priests to betray Jesus.
“Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.”Matthew 26:14-16
I am not going to speculate on the motives of Judas or what consequence his actions would have for him personally, because from a few biblical verses there is so much we don’t know. Rather I would like to ponder what may have filled that quiet day. We know that for three years the apostles had followed their master. He had taught them and they had seen great miracles. Just the last three days alone had no doubt been tiring and hard for them. Looking forward to a coming day the Saviour was focused on the sacrifice He would make, but I also think he would have had a deep concern for His friends. How would they cope? Would they remain valiant?
If you knew you had three days left on this earth what would you do? I believe you would want to surround yourself with family and friends, you would want to talk with them all, one by one and be sure they had what they needed. I think the Saviour was the same and although His purpose would be to lift others, His actions would bolster Him too. Even help prepare Him for the task ahead. So with little to no scriptural backing, I believe that Easter Wednesday had a “media blackout” because the things that happened were deeply personal for those involved. Perhaps even to personal for them to ever share.
The last week of Jesus Christ’s mortal ministry is filled with prayer. There are the prayers He offers on behalf of His disciples, filled with timeless words of comfort and guidance. But there are also the prayers that He encourages them to offer on their own. He knows that soon His disciples will be without Him, and so He lets them know the importance of praying, encouraging them to ask their Father in Heaven for the things they’ll need to make it through the challenges ahead. Through His words and His example, they learn that when they make the effort to pray to the Father, no matter what happens, they will never be alone.Easter Day-By-Day #BecauseOfHim
My intention for these Easter Week posts (full list below) is not to cover every point of doctrine, hopefully just give some pause for thought. You and I have to come to our own conclusions about faith and life.
Todays video is really prompted because it repeats the phrase “in a coming day” how much must Jesus Christ have pondered what would happen and more importantly what He would change for everyone “in a coming day”
This is an excellent official LDS series of 5 articles that include commentary, scriptures and videos relating to Marys role in supporting the Saviour during Easter week. to be read daily between now and Easter Sunday.
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