Daily Devotion – March 27, 2018

Mark 14:12-16

The Passover with the Disciples

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, ‘Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, “The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.’ So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

Devotion by Julia Shiver

The Passover is a holy time in the Jewish year.  Everyone in Jerusalem, and Israel, would have been busy preparing themselves and their families.  Jesus knows he is about to enter into a great trial, possibly ending in his death.  As he and his disciples enter the city, Jesus has them prepare a place so that they can break bread together in the traditional manner.

Jesus knows he only has a few more hours with his disciples; so as they prepare for the Passover, Jesus prepares his students for his departure.  Even at this time of greatest crisis, he is focused on helping his followers understand what is about to happen.  He leaves with them the tools they will need to guide their followers.

How have you prepared for Holy Week?  Are you prepared for what is to come?


Dear God, The most holy time in our Christian year is upon us.  Please help us to focus on what you have done on our behalf.  We give you all the praise.  Amen.


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