This week Mark 14:12-16 and the preparations for the Last Supper
The text is written strongly indicating that the meal Jesus and his followers are about to eat is the Passover.
It also reads that Jesus has prearranged things. A man carrying a jar of water would have been unusual. He could have been recognised and followed discreetly. These steps speak of the context of tension and potential arrest in the precincts of the city.
The owner of the room was presumably taking a risk getting involved with the controversial, radical and dangerous Galiliean prophet and healer with messianic pretensions. Also presumably he had prepared the room for the disciples, perhaps also providing the sacrificial lamb.
The disciples would have laid out the spices, bitter herbs, unleavened bread and wine and the roasted lamb, ready for the others’ arrival.
I read these verses and think of the innumerable Christians through the centuries who have followed the example of the unnamed man carrying the water jar. Like him, unnoticed, anonymous, and uncelebrated …. But like him, willing to risk everything for the honour and privilege of serving and following Jesus.
And that call is as real and searching today for all disciples of the Messiah.
The Last Supper
12 On the first day of the Festival 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 room upstairs, 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.