The Wednesday of Holy Week is called Holy Wednesday or Spy Wednesday. There is no secretive or symbolic meaning for that name. Judas was the one that betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin. He was their spy. Luke 22:3-6 tells us:
“Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray Him unto them in the absence of the multitude.”
Did you realize that Satan entered Judas? Of course, Satan always has his hand in bad and evil things. He uses people and twists words around until evil doesn’t sound bad. Satan enters Judas during his period of bitterness and gives Judas an extra nudge to finally betray the man he’d followed for three years. Satan is the master deceiver and will use whatever he can to cause us to sin.
Did you ever wonder why the Sanhedrin decided on paying Judas thirty pieces of silver? In the Old Testament, Exodus states that the price for a slave that accidentally dies by an ox is thirty pieces of silver. The Sanhedrin were paying the price of a dead slave to Judas for his deception. It was an insult to Jesus that they thought Him worth only what a dead slave was. Obviously Judas thought that, also. Our Redeemer and precious Savior, whose value is beyond measure, was sold out for the price of a dead slave.
There is something else that happened on Holy Wednesday. It is the anointment of Jesus at Bethany. Scriptures tell us that while Jesus was at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came in with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume. It was made of pure Spikenard. She anointed Jesus with this expensive oil and dried His feet with her hair.
“While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
We are getting closer to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. Let us take inventory of our lives and free our selves of things that keep us away from Jesus. Let’s follow Him now and always.