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Holy Week Devotional - Wednesday April 12 by David M. Fulk


Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.                                                        Hebrews 12:1

Growing up on the farm, spring and summer storms were frequent. The potential damage to buildings, livestock and machinery was a serious concern. So once the weather radio announced a severe weather watch, we were getting prepared and watching. Things were put under shelter or kept away from trees. When the preparing was over, anxious waiting began.

I wonder if the disciples had a similar feeling of anxiety during that first Holy Week. The Synoptic Gospels tell us that Jesus repeatedly predicted his death to his disciples, but without their comprehending it. Between the triumphal entry and that Wednesday, Jesus had very publicly cleansed the Temple, as well as challenged and denounced the scribes and Pharisees. The disciples must have been growing uneasy, waiting for something bad to happen.

What does one do while waiting in a time like this? It’s so easy to become paralyzed with the weight of fear and anxiety. Scripture provides contrasting examples of waiting in that week: one disciple betrayed Jesus to the chief priests while another follower anointed Jesus with the most extravagant perfume. Jesus, himself, waited by continuing his ministry—healing, teaching, praying, serving. He was running the race set before him.

So what will we do as we await and move through the sadness and sorrow of this week? Today’s text suggests we consider the race set before us. Are we running? Are we persevering?

And let’s remember and celebrate those who make up our unique “cloud of witnesses”—those dear saints whose memory and example surround us in the running.

Together we can persevere through this waiting so we don’t grow weary or lose heart.

David M. Fulk


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