“Holy Week” or “Passion Week” refers to the events in the life of Jesus a week before he is resurrected from the dead. Here are my reflections on each day as we remember the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I won’t be going into a historical or a Biblical study of each day as there are many resources you can find regarding this day. These are merely my personal reflections. A great place to start learning more about Spy Wednesday can be found here: Justin Taylor, Holy Week, Day 4: Wednesday
Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table.Matthew 26:6-7
While Jesus spent the past three days in the spotlight of the public, on Wednesday, he chooses to spend it with only a handful of people in the house of Simon the leper. It is in this intimate setting Mary, the sister of Lazarus whom Jesus raised from the dead, (John 12:3) pours over Jesus’ head and feet an alabaster jar of oil, worth over a year’s wages.
While Judas Iscariot complains about this wasteful act and later that day goes to the chief priests to betray Jesus, Mary’s actions are encouraged by Jesus and promises that her actions will always be told in memory of her wherever the gospel is preached and so we remember it still.
We sometimes approach Scripture as an epic story where things are always grand and dramatic and magical. And this can also become the case as we read through the accounts of Passion Week as well.
We see the triumphant entry of Jesus, the great drama in the temple, the sorrow of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus carrying the cross through Jerusalem. But we are quick to pass by moments like today’s passage without much thought, as we consider it a minor detail in the grand narrative we seek.
If we pause for a moment to meditate on this intimate and quiet moment, we will be amazed by how extraordinary our ordinary moments can be with Jesus. In fact, this quiet pause in the week of Holy Week was not ordinary at all. The offering of the alabaster jar of oil was the offering of Mary’s life savings. And in fact, it prepared Jesus’ body for his burial which made no sense to his disciples at that time.
In the same way, we can also find God transforming our seemingly ordinary moments of life for his extraordinary purposes.
It might not make sense to us at that time. But it will require of us an undivided devotion like Mary’s offering to see our ordinary lives used for His extraordinary purposes.
There may be some unexplainable circumstances surrounding you today. There could even be much tragedy and pain. But those who remain faithful will be able to sing together in our eternity in heaven,
“Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelations 15:3-4)
Yes, even in these uncertain times, through every valley or mountain we face, we will be able to look back at our lives and say, “your righteous acts have been revealed.”