Mark 14:12-16: The word of integrity.

“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.” NIV UK

Jesus came into the world, not primarily to celebrate the Passover, but to be the Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7). Nevertheless, before He went to the cross to fulfil all the Passover had stood for through the centuries, He made arrangements to eat it with His disciples. Celebrating Passover was something all good Jews would do.

It seems clear that Jesus had made preparations for this final meal with His followers in advance (14, 15). By the way, it would be most unusual in that culture to see ‘’a man carrying a jar of water’’ (13). It was definitely regarded as a woman’s work. So this was a clear, and unusual sign. As we follow Christ, we regularly find that He has prepared in advance, and made arrangements we knew nothing about. (I think I once heard that ‘providence’ means to ‘see before’, or to ‘see to it before’). Of course, as we move forward into the future He is preparing for us, we can ask Him for guidance (12b) and expect to receive it. This is a little picture of what it means to work together with God. He has the big picture. He works before we know about it; even before we get there. But He graciously gives us parts to play in the great unfolding drama of salvation.

Like the first disciples, we will always find Jesus to be as good as His word (16). He speaks words of integrity. They are totally reliable because He is.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, in a shaky world where so much seems uncertain and unstable, thank you that I can count on your word because I can count on you