“On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” (Matthew 26 v 17)
A question we all ask at some point of our lives to friends we want to celebrate with. Where shall we have dinner?
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.
… Anywhere but there!
They are waiting with bated breath.