Maybe you’d withdraw all your savings and fly off to Africa, Europe or some other part of the world that you had always wanted to see? Maybe you’d go parachuting or bungee jumping? Maybe you would tell that person who you’ve had a crush on for years just how you feel? Maybe you would spend it with family? Maybe you would change nothing about your life?
On one Sunday, a day we now call Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, whilst people laid their cloaks or palm leaves on the road in front of him. As he sat on that donkey, he knew that the week ahead would be his last on earth. So what did he do?
He went to the temple. Here he saw people who had come to Jerusalem to worship God being ripped off by the money changers. Here he saw the one place in the temple where Gentiles could come to worship being used as a market. In a dramatic response to these events, Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers. This place was for worship and prayer, not for making money.
He spent times with the crowds. He had meals with those closest to him. He talked about those things that were important to God, and warned people of things to come.
Then, the night before he would be killed, he called his twelve closest friends together, the apostles, and told them what was going to happen. He told them that he would be arrested, killed and would raise from the dead in three days. Knowing what lay ahead, he went to a Garden, called Gethsemane, and prayed. In doing so, he committed himself before his Father in heaven, to complete this mission that he had come to earth for.
What would you do if you knew you had one week? Maybe our answer tells us something about our values, and about who we are?
Jesus, spent his last week serving people, whether it was clearing out the temple so that people who genuinely came to God could worship him, or teaching about our future, about heaven or making sure that those he was closest to would be warned and prepared for his death. In effect nothing much changed for Jesus.
He was focussed on us and doing the will of his father, as he had always been.