7727 - Preparation


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We are now in chapter 22 in our study through the book of Luke. We have discussed the busy days Jesus experienced in Jerusalem, which culminated in his completion of busy Tuesday. On this day Jesus silenced the various Jewish groups who questioned his authority and teaching.

Apparently Jesus spent the Wednesday of this week prior to Passover with his disciples in retirement; perhaps in Bethany.

The scene from Luke 22:7-13 occurs Thursday. Bear in mind Jesus will be arrested in Gethsemane late tonight after this day with the disciples.

Listen to these verses:

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go, make preparations for us to eat the Passover."

"Where do you want us to prepare for it?" they asked. He replied, "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."

They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

On this special day the Passover lamb was to be sacrificed by the Jewish people. This was a continuation of the covenant instituted by God with the people of Israel in Egypt. They had spent 430 years (Ex. 12:41) in Egypt ending up as slaves under bitter servitude.

Passover spoke to the Jewish people of redemption by the blood of the Passover lamb. The blood of the lamb was applied to the doorposts and lintels of the house. When the death angel passed throughout Egypt that first Passover, any house which did not have blood on the doorposts was a target for death. In that house every firstborn son died.

This was the tenth and final plague placed upon the Egyptians by God to bring release of the Israelites. That very night they were driven out of Egypt. They experienced freedom for the first time in centuries.

But in this year, when Jesus died and was resurrected, Passover would receive a new significance. Jesus would actually become the Passover lamb for all the people of the world, as he died on the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind (2 Cor. 5:7).

Of course, none of the people involved in this drama, that is none except Jesus, had any idea of what was unfolding during these days.

On this day, Jesus spent the time with his disciples until his arrest by the mob led by Judas who would identify Jesus for the soldiers.

Jesus sent Peter and John to make preparation for the Passover meal together.

They were sent back into Jerusalem where they would be guided by God to the proper place.

Jesus told them that they would be met by a man carrying a jar of water. This was a bit unusual because women usually went to the well and brought the water home.

Just as Jesus said, they met the man and they followed him to the house. This was to be a special time for Jesus to be with his disciples for their final meal together. As Scripture testifies it was very special for all of them.

Peter and John were delegated the responsibility of preparing the meal for all the disciples who would come along later. They would have to secure a lamb, prepare it, and cook it. They would have to arrange or cook the unleavened bread, the herbs and wine, and other ceremonial food.

There has been much debate over whether Jesus and the disciples ate the Passover meal at the proper time or a day in advance. There is no sustaining evidence to answer this question, but in either case all of them enjoyed an evening of close fellowship and deep emotions.

Of course, Judas did not enjoy this final evening. He departed before the end of the meal for the purpose of guiding the temple police and high priests to Gethsemane, where they would arrest Jesus.