And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. – Mark 14:12-15
I wonder what today will bring. We have some plans for a fun outing to see some beautiful flowers and a tide pool area on the coast. It should be a fun and activity-packed day. I can hope that I’ll capture an award-winning photograph. I can imagine being inspired by the display of God’s creation. But I don’t really know what the day will bring.
I wonder whether the disciples had the same attitude as they readied themselves for Passover. They knew the customs and traditions of that feast. They had certainly observed it previously. They had perhaps even debated its meaning and put themselves back in that time with Moses in the dramatic events of 1450 years previous. There may have even been a mounting sense of anticipation in regard to Jesus’ ministry. He had spoken, after all, about the coming of the rule and reign of God. Did they have any idea of what actually lay ahead?
Although we know today -blessed as we are to be living after the events of this week – they did not. In this way their behavior is instructive. Not only do they do as Jesus tells them, they actively seek out his will in the matter. Their actions in alignment with Jesus’ purpose, plan, and mission, will yield a setting for a meal we celebrate even today.
Faith in Jesus is the essential element to experiencing his eternal favor and blessing. Faithfulness to Jesus’ commands, to God’s will and ways, includes the rhythmic expressions of our faith through worship and celebrations of God’s work in the world and through his church. These moments and events may not yield the same kind of powerfully important and long-lasting impact as did Jesus’ disciples experienced. But we will never have the privilege of being a part of God’s drama in others’ lives if we refuse to be part of the customs, rituals rhythms and commandments of God.
I believe that includes activities at church and home, and in all of life’s affairs. You never know what God will do in the course life and how you may be part of his kingdom’s impact in the faithfulness of everyday life.