April 10: Preparation for Passover
7Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” 9“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. 10He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.” 13They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
Jesus, in the tradition of his people, instructs the disciples to “Go and prepare the Passover meal…” Passover is a day of remembrance celebrating the long-awaited deliverance of the Hebrews after centuries of slavery in Egypt. Find the story in Exodus 12:1-14 and 21-27 and discover why it is so important and deserving of an annual celebration. The significance of Passover in the life of God’s people becomes the wellspring for the Christian celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The first Passover was the last supper in Egypt, the land of bondage. The Lord’s Supper is the fulfillment of that deliverance through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
What stands out for you in the Exodus story as well as the Luke passage? What do you think this Passover celebration means for Jesus? In anticipation of our celebration of Maundy Thursday, what connections can we make between the meaning of Passover in the Jewish tradition and Jesus’ message of deliverance to his disciples and to us?
In this holiest of weeks, let me walk with you each step of this journey, let me experience you in the very depths of my being, that I may heed the call of your grace and be made ready to celebrate the mysteries of Easter.