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.
Jesus was a Jew who observed Passover. The Lamb of God celebrated the deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt and the sparing of first-born males in homes where the blood of a lamb had been placed on the door frame. The amount of preparation that Jesus commissioned for the Passover is more evidence of the great importance He placed on keeping Old Testament commandments. I wonder if, at the time, any of the men present had an appreciation for the cosmic significance of what took place in that upper room?
We often neglect preparation and take our relationship with God for granted. We give God whatever we can throw together in the way of worship and prayer and service, but then we wonder why we are not experiencing this powerful spiritual journey. Whether we are praying at home in a solitary place or worshiping with other believers – we need to prepare to meet with God. We live in a world that celebrates disorder and irreverence. It does not take much thought at all to be irreverent – you just have to act without decency or humility. Reverence is related to a healthy fear of God. It is a good thing to fear God. I have a relationship with my Heavenly Father and He loves me, but he is not like one of my buddies on the softball field. Unfortunately, generation after generation is learning that reverence is never good or genuine. In a world that celebrates decadence and vulgarity, we must remember that we are foreigners and we must think and live differently.