Passion, Obedience, and Devotion ~ A Holy Week Meditation

During my devotional time this morning, I began meditating on the passage in Luke 22 where the Lord gives instructions to his disciples about preparing for the Passover.  Keeping the Passover was integral to who Christ is.  In actuality, He would forever become the Passover Lamb on our behalf.

As He was directing His disciples after being asked how to prepare for this specific Passover, Christ provided the following words:

“As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you.  Follow him to the house that he enters, 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?’ He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.” Luke 22: 10-12

In hindsight, it is easy to just expect that the disciples would do what Christ asked.  After all we know how the story ends.  But let’s just think about this for a minute.

Christ directs his disciples to go into a city and tells them that a man carrying a jar of water will meet them.  This makes it seem that the man will approach them and what will make him stand out is that he will be carrying a jar of water.  I am not a biblical scholar, but all the other references I find in scripture signify that carrying water was typically a woman’s job.  What an oddity to find a man carrying a water jar.  When this actually transpired, I wonder if the disciples found this extraordinary.

Did they even question the likelihood of finding a man carrying a water jar?  Did they grumble over how they could enter a city and be able to locate exactly the right person?  The account in Luke does not say that Christ provides them a name or even a more exact location where this clandestine meeting would occur.  Yet, there is no reference that the disciples ever questioned going or lacked confidence that things would transpire just as Christ said they would.

Jesus then continues in his directions by explaining that they are to ask the owner of the house where the man carrying water enters for space and accomodations for their celebration of Passover.  The culture was certainly different in that day, but let’s just think a moment.  It is one of the highest celebrations of the Jewish people.  A time that served as a reminder of the promise of a Messiah.  A time when extensive preparations were done in cleaning, preparing food, and preparing oneself for this spiritual time.

Yet, the disciples followed a stranger to another’s home that they did not know and asked for provisions to be made for them to utilize space in the Upper Room for the celebration of their own Passover observance.

Our family has been on some road trips in the past.  There are times when we must stop for a meal, bathroom breaks, or just to stretch our legs and get some rest.  I think we would be more inclined to just sleeping in the car and running into woods to use the restroom before we would approach a complete stranger about supplying our accommodations in their home.  Yet, none of this seems to phase the disciples.  There is never a suggestion in Scripture that they questioned Christ’s instructions.

Yes, the culture was more understanding of travelers needs.  However, I still find this amazing.

It also causes me to pause in wondering how I would have responded to their request if I were the home owner.  God’s Word is quite explicit in how we are to reach out to those in need and commands us to show hospitality to the stranger.  Would I welcome the disciples and Christ into my home?

God’s Word has not changed.  He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  So, is His expectation of us any different today than that which He expected of His disciples?  Do we chase after Christ in such a way that we have unabandoned faithfulness in carrying out His every command?  Do we have faith that no matter how odd the prompting in our hearts that He will provide for us and direct us completely?

He demonstrated this faith, love, and obedience in fulfilling the role of our Passover Lamb for all eternity.  If we are to be like Him, we must focus on how to be just as obedient, not because we will ever reach perfection, but in molding ourselves like Him as an act of worship and in recognition of His Lordship in our lives.

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