7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” 9 “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. 10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.” 13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
Jesus is moving towards the end of his ministry and here he begins preparations for an important meal with his disciples – a meal where he presents himself as the Passover lamb.
I noticed a number of surprising aspects of this passage including:
Jesus wanted things prepared,
Jesus knew the man, and that he had a room,
The man was ready to meet the disciples,
The room was available at short notice in a busy city, and
The disciples appear to have followed Jesus’ instructions without a query.
These all speak of Jesus being in control.
Such a significant event. The man however is not named, and he is only mentioned once here, yet we see how God was using him in a crucial way. His heart was open, listening to God’s prompting to meet these disciples, that this was important even in the midst of his busy daily life, and also that he should keep the room free. He would not have known the significance of the meal to be held there, but he was available to serve Jesus.
God puts me in situations where he can achieve significant things through my obedience. He is in control, but by his gracious love and design he works through me.
Dear Jesus, I’m tuning into you today and ask that you do significant things through me to bring you glory. Amen.
Written by Claire Moore