We see in this short passage something about the utter reliability of Jesus and the total dependability of His Word. We will always find things to be ‘just as’ He tells us (13). Life does line up with His infallible Word. But even if, sometimes, in the short term, this doesn’t appear to be the case, ultimately we will find that the Lord has every detail organised, and everything has been (and is) ‘just as’ He said. We do go through days when we find it hard to locate our experiences within the big Bible picture, but we will finally see that ‘all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.’
After all, at the heart of our faith there lies the cruel and savage death of a totally innocent young Man. That is hard to understand; difficult to come to terms with. But the more we understand, the more clearly we see that ‘the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed’ (7). There surely is a deeper meaning behind Luke’s statement than what lies on the surface? (1 Corinthians 5:7). What looks like a tragedy is central to God’s plan. In the offering of Jesus on the cross we are finding things ‘just as’ God said they would be.
Here is one further thought: Jesus has made preparations for what He wants US to enjoy: a feast, a banquet, you might say, in fellowship with Him. But we too have to make our own preparations if we are to fully enter into all that He has for us. Reading between the lines, Jesus had already made some arrangements before sending the disciples to do their bit. But that didn’t absolve them of the responsibilities that they were given to carry.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that you have given to me everything I need for life and godliness. I want to make every effort to progress in this life of discipleship.