In Christian circles, we call this week “Passion Week.” Scholars study the gospels and outline each days’ activities for us. On Sunday, we celebrated Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. On Monday, we read about the Lord cursing the fig tree and how He weeps over the city. On Tuesday, we study His major teaching on eschatological matters. We call that the Olivet Discourse.
But on the events surrounding the Wednesday of Passion Week, the scriptures seem to be silent. In fact, some Bible teachers call Wednesday the “Silent Day.”
Most of the time, we don’t like silence. Right now, our entire society is pretty “silent,” and we don’t like it at all. The roads are quiet. The normal chatter around a school or playground can’t be heard. There is no singing coming from the churches. Drive down a residential street and there is little noise coming out of the houses.
But maybe today is a good day to revere silence. Let’s redeem the “Silent Day.” Chet encouraged us at the end of Sunday’s message to LOOK UP. When we look up, we see the Lord on His throne. Notice how Habakkuk urges us to look up and then be silent: “But the Lord is in His holy temple, let all the earth be silent before Him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)
This time of silence can be punctuated with silent praise and confession. We see Him as He is—holy and majestic. We see ourselves as we are—sinful and undone. And in the quiet, we meditate on those truths.
The psalmist also urges us to be quiet and still, “Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10). And that stillness gives us space and opportunity to affirm exactly where our expectations lie. “Find rest, O my soul in God alone. My hope (expectation) comes from Him.” (Psalm 62:5)
Silence is like a freshly turned field. The soil has been rejuvenated. The ground is ready to accept a seed and begin the process of growth. Silence in our own hearts creates a chance for God to speak to us. And maybe we won’t be so distracted with all the noise gone.
This Easter week is a strange one. All our normal ways of celebrating and remembering have been set aside. But we can each embrace the silence of today. Remember Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still (silent).”
It is “Silent Wednesday.” Let’s revel in it!
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.