The Passion of Christ in the Gospel of Luke
A Guide to Meditation and Prayer
Week 4 - Day 4
Go and Prepare the Passover
Preparing the Lord’s Supper
Meditation on Scripture- Read Luke 22:7-13 and write your reflections in the workbook. Use the summary below for further reflection on the passage. Prayer- Use the Guide for Prayer.
This is the account of the disciples preparing the Passover meal at which Jesus would institute the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Luke says that Jesus sent Peter and John on the errand to prepare the meal. God made the way ready and there was an available room for the disciples to use.
We do not know what room it was they used except that the owner freely allowed it to be used by Jesus for this Passover meal. It is possible that this was the home of the young man, John Mark, and also the place where the church gathered on the day of Pentecost. We know that the church was in the home of John Mark’s family, praying for Peter as recorded in Acts 12. If they ate the Passover in John Mark’s home, it might explain why he followed them to the Garden of Gethsemane in a linen garment (Mark 14:51, 52). That Jesus sent Peter and John for the task of preparing the meal gives some indication of Jesus’ role for them as leaders in the early church. He may not have sent all the disciples because he did not want Judas to know beforehand where the meal would be held.
Things to Consider –
· A certain man allowed Jesus and his disciples to use his home. What do you have that you are willing for Jesus to use? Do you ever have the opportunity to offer your home to God for some good use?
· Peter and John found that Jesus smoothed the way for their errand. Have you ever had Jesus smooth the way in front of you? Where would you ask him to smooth your way now?
· The Passover was a ceremony that God had instructed the Jews to do every year. What do you think is the importance of ceremonies in the life of the church? Which ones, such as the Lord’s Supper, baptisms, ordinations, confirmation Sundays, special celebrations, do you find most meaningful?
Guide for Prayer –
· Close your eyes and take one full minute to calm your mind and spirit.
· Thank God for the various celebrations in the life of the church, such as the Lord’s Supper. Think about your experience of celebrating the Supper. Thank God that he nurtures your soul and spirit, during its celebration.
· Thank God for preparing the way for you in your life. If you can think of an instance in which God particularly helped you and smoothed the way for you, thank him for it.
· Someone offered Christ and the disciples their home for the Passover meal. What are you offering Christ? Consider what you might offer him. In prayer offer Christ was seems appropriate, such as the use of your home, your resources, your energy, your devotion, your loyalty, your love.
· Take some moments to offer your own prayers to God. Offer whatever prayers and praises seem appropriate.