HOST: Ron House
And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
For the Jews, the Passover represented one of their most cherished feast days. Memorializing the gracious mercy of God in sparing them from the final deadly plague that had sealed the deliverance of their ancestors from Egyptian bondage, it was a feast that was kept annually by God’s command. But that feast, and in fact, the entire chain of events that had taken place so long ago in Egypt, had a much deeper meaning within the mind and purpose of God. It was to be a shadow of a much greater “passing over” and deliverance that God had in store for mankind. Through the shed blood of His perfect sacrifice, His Son, God would spare all those who were covered by that blood from spiritual death, the penalty of sin. As Jesus prepared to gather with His apostles to observe the Passover feast one final time, it would be an especially meaningful time of reflection and communion in view of the soon-to-come sacrifice that He was to make.
Why do you think it was so important to Jesus that He spend this time with His apostles?
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