7 Then the day of Unleavened Bread came. That was the time the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John on ahead. “Go,” he told them. “Prepare for us to eat the Passover meal.” 9 “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. 10 Jesus replied, “When you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house he enters. 11 Then say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, “Where is the guest room? Where can I eat the Passover meal with my disciples?” ’ 12 He will show you a large upstairs room with furniture already in it. Prepare for us to eat there.” 13 Peter and John left. They found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover meal.
At first glance this is a short passage about directions. Jesus is giving very specific directions to Peter & John about the location of where to prepare for the Passover meal that they were to eat together.
But the phrase that has stopped me is back in verse 7, “ the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.” In hindsight, I see that this brief passage has a double meaning. The literal one where the disciples were to have the meal in remembrance of the Israelites release from Egypt when the Lord spared or passed over the homes of the Hebrews who had the blood of the sacrificed lamb on their doorposts (Ex12:21-27) and now a new meaning, where the blood of Jesus, as our sacrificial lamb, means that our sin is passed over by the wrath of God.
I can’t imagine the thoughts and emotions of Jesus at this time knowing that He was now to be the new Passover lamb with absolutely everything that this signified. My only response is Lord Jesus, thank you for your passion for me, for being my pass over lamb, I truly will never know the price you paid.
Written by Suzie Hodgson