Where? Not there!
‘12 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.”
Where do you want to have dinner?
A question we all ask at some point of our lives to friends we want to celebrate with.
This was probably the 3rd year of the team being together and the same question is asked.
They know they should make preparations for the dinner, this is customary, but they don’t know where. Or do they?
Some things are obvious, they are unquestionable, they don’t need thinking about. They will celebrate the Passover meal. The problem is there seems to be a dark shadow over the city in front of them. They are carrying all that Jesus has said about what is going to happen to him, they are confused, they don’t properly understand. Here they are staying outside the city and the last place they would think about going into is the one place they are dreading him suggesting. Simply because whenever he has talked about the city it is in the context of danger and destruction.
To have the dinner outside the city was a good thought!
Is there a place you are afraid to go into today?
Uncertainty clouds the path and it is the last place you want to go.
You may need to have conversations and decisions are needing to be made. You may be doing things that are second nature to you, you will be doing the work that is not difficult for you.
However, where is what makes you feel slightly anxious. Anywhere but there!
They are waiting with bated breath.
‘There’, Jesus points, ‘In the city’.
There in your family.
There in your marriage.
There in your workplace.
There in your church.
There where you live.
There across the oceans.
There in a foreign land.
There where you would rather not be or go.
There, make preparations for the celebration of the sacrificial lamb.
There, get ready for our time of reflecting on surrender and submission to the plan of God for your life and for others.