7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” 9 “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. 10 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, 11 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?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.” 13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 22:7 – 15)
Over the last three days of Passion Week we have observed Jesus being passionate about his purpose. This was clearly demonstrated in His condemnation of those who distorted God’s plans and His commendation of those aligned with God’s plans. Then we saw Jesus’ passion for fellowship with His Father. Today we observe His passion for fellowship with His disciples.
There are so many lessons to be learned from the last Passover Jesus shared with His disciples but today we will focus on his commitment to fellowship. In the passage above, note the preparations Jesus facilitated for the time of fellowship with His disciples (“large room upstairs, all furnished”). Next, note His statement of eagerness for the event (“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”).
Please prayerfully reflect on the Bible passages above.
Something to think about:
What lessons do you take from Jesus’ commitment to fellowship even as he headed to the cross?