A Busy Week Like No Other
Did you ever have one of those weeks where there was just so much that needed to be done, and it all had to be done before the end of the week? The next week would be too late. There was no time to procrastinate, but you just didn’t know how you would get it all done. Deadlines loomed and the pressed in from all sides.
I think that is how Jesus must have felt during that last festival of the Passover. There was still so much that He needed to do before His arrest and crucifixion. There were so many lessons He needed to teach the disciples before He would be with them no longer.
As I’ve been reading through the Gospels again this Lenten season, I’ve noticed how many of the important events and lessons came between the triumphal entry that we celebrate on Palm Sunday and the betrayal by Judas Iscariot in the Garden of Gethsemane.
- Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple. Matthew 21:12-17.
- Jesus told many parables, including the parable of the two sons (Matthew 21:28-32), the parable of the tenants who killed the landowner’s servants and son (Matthew 21:33-46), the parable of the wedding banquet (Matthew 22:1-14), the parable of the ten bridesmaids, only five of whom were ready when the bridegroom arrived (Matthew 25:1-13), and the parable of the servants who were entrusted with talents of silver (Matthew 25:14-30).
- Jesus answered questions about whether taxes should be paid to Caesar (Matthew 22:15-22), about marriage at the resurrection (Matthew 22:23-33), and about what is the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:34-40).
- Jesus gave His great warning against hypocrisy to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, calling them a brood of vipers (Matthew 23).
- Jesus taught about the destruction of the Temple and the end times (Matthew 24), and about the final judgment when the goats will be separated from the sheep (Matthew 25:31-46).
- Jesus shared the last supper, the last Passover meal, with His disciples in the upper room, during which He washed their feet, predicted His betrayal, instituted the sacrament of communion with the bread and the wine, His body and blood (Matthew 26:17-30; John 13).
- Jesus taught His disciples that He is the way to the Father, and promised the Holy Spirit would come to them after He was gone (John 14).
- Jesus predicted that Peter would deny Him, to which Peter objected (Mark 14:27-31).
- Jesus prayed at Gethsemane, and submitted to the will of the Father, then found His disciples sleeping (Mark 14:32-42).
When I think about all that Jesus accomplished in this one week, most importantly that He accomplished the ultimate sacrifice for my sins, I realize that even the busiest of my weeks is a piece of cake by comparison. Never have I had to impart so much wisdom and right so many wrongs in all my life, much less in a single week.
I believe Jesus was able to accomplish all that He set out to do because He took time out of this busy schedule to pray and maintain His contact with His Father in Heaven. If God can achieve all that He did during this Holy Week, surely He can help me pull off whatever is on my puny to-do list. All I need to do is trust and pray.
So the next time you are facing a particularly busy week, with deadlines looming and tasks piling up, remember the One who accomplished exceedingly more in a single week than you will have to do in a lifetime. Stop and take a moment to ask Him to help you tackle your to-do list.
And He is so busy not for Himself! I like this post so much Linda. When we think that we have not enough time to even pray and talk to God the more we need to find time to pray and talk to Him! Then we will be amazed how much more extra time we have after spending time with Him — the One who puts order and value to everything. This applies even on blogging 🙂
Rea, He is the One who puts order and value on everything! I love that! Peace, Linda
Thank you for helping us look at this in a better light. And so as not to stress so much over our stuff. It makes me re-check my list to see if the really important things are on there. . .the relationship things , with Him and everyone else . . .and to move those to the top. The other things might have to go, but I don’t want to let those ones go.
God bless you as He keeps revealing Himself to you this week.
Deb, Yes, relationships definitely need to be at the top of our to-do list, and our relationship with Him must be #1! As a people-oriented person I don’t have too much trouble with that, but I know people who are more focused on tasks and they find doing this very difficult. I pray we always hang on to Him! Peace, Linda
Amen! You said it so well about letting Him help us with our to do list. I was overwhelmed on Monday with a list so long. Then, I said a prayer giving it to God and to my amazement I got it all done with a little free time for myself!
Blessings to you this week and Happy Easter!
April, Isn’t He amazing how He does that when we just ask? So glad you found peace in Him this week. Happy Easter to you, too. Peace, Linda
Leaning in to Him in our busiest weeks and always–I need that gentle reminder. Thank you! — Godspeed, Elizabeth
Elizabeth, I am thankful for His gentle reminders to trust Him, as well as the times He has to pretty much hit me over the head to get me to remember where my strength comes from. Hope you are having a wonderful Holy Week leaning in to Him! Peace, Linda
Wow! Thanks Linda …
Great post! This certainly puts things into perspective.
I didn’t realize He had so much on His plate…and after all this they flogged Him 🙁
My to-do list just fell off the radar! 🙂
Seriously, how can I say thanks?
Ann, I had never noticed before how much happened in that last week either. It just really jumped out at me this year. I don’t know how we can say thanks enough, except to share His love with others and tell them of all the wonderful things He did for us! Peace, Linda