Preparation for the Major Feast
Having just the right tablecloth, centerpiece, plate settings, napkins carefully folded—whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, or one of the other special holidays, when we get to sit down with members of our family and some special friends, my wife, Mary, is a genius at making these occasions exactly right.
For the Jews in the first century the Passover in the spring was the high point of their year. It was the most important sacred meal they enjoyed together, and unlike me, Jesus didn’t leave all the preparation to the women. Check out the detailed instructions he gives to two of his disciples about where they are to prepare his last Passover meal.
“Now on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread when it was customary for the Passover lamb to be sacrificed, Jesus’ disciples said to him, ‘Where would you like us to go so that we can make the preparations for us to eat the Passover?’ Then Jesus sent two of his disciples with these instructions, ‘Go into the city and you will meet a man carrying a jar of water. Follow him and where he enters in say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher says, ‘Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He, himself, will show you an upstairs large enough to spread out and get ready. There prepare the Passover for us.’ So the disciples departed and when they came to the city they found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover.” Mark 14:12-16
As he builds his narrative towards the crucifixion, Mark has been alternating between a description of the “bad guys” who are trying to take Jesus out and those who adore him and obey him. As he sets the scene for the last supper, Mark makes sure that we realize that though it looks like the forces of evil are taking over, Jesus is still sovereignly guiding the events down to even the details of where they will eat the Passover. From the first Passover right before the Exodus from Egypt to this last Passover before the cross, the entire reason for these annual meals celebrating deliverance from slavery was to point to the ultimate deliverance when Jesus, God’s Passover Lamb, would die so that we could be delivered from slavery to sin.
LORD, thanks that you care about the details of a careful preparation for a dinner celebration that not only looked back to the Exodus but introduced the communion meal that focuses our thankfulness on Calvary and the resurrection.
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