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.
(Mark 14:12-16 ESV)
It was the day the Passover lamb was to be prepared and the Lamb of God knew his time was coming. By this time the following day, he would be on the road to the cross and experience the separation from the Father with whom he had eternal companionship since before the world was created.
He knew this was the last extended time he would have with the disciples – those who were the closest to him on the earth. There was so much to say to them to teach them and to encourage them for the days ahead.
So he sent two disciples into the city. They were given cryptic instructions to lead them to the place God had prepared. We don’t know if Jesus made the connections in secret ahead of time to a avoid the attention of Pharisees bent on his death or if this encounter was arranged by God in his providence.
What we do know is that the disciples were told to go and prepare.
And they went and prepared.
Then, they experienced an unparalleled time of sweet communion with their friend and teacher who would soon be their Lord and Savior.
We, too, must go and prepare if we want to experience communion with Christ. Our Bible studies and quiet times can’t be an afterthought at the end of a hectic day or something to check off a list at the beginning of the day. We need to prepare the place, prepare our hearts, prepare our minds and, yes, prepare our mornings to sit quietly with the Word.
Go and prepare.
It can be as simple as getting up a little early so your usual routine fits a little better. You may want to have a specific time and place for your time with God.
Maybe you need to turn off the television early and catch the “must see” show on demand or on the network website or on a thousand other places online.
Whatever you need to do to find the time to sit quietly with the Word – do it!
Go and prepare.
He will meet you.
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These (hopefully) daily devotions for Lent have turned into daily devotions for March, which is technically not Lent but is the month leading up to Easter. They are based on the 40 Days of Lent reading plan available at YouVersion. The plan was graciously provided to YouVersion by Journey Church.