“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?” 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, 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?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 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 14:12-16 ESV
Further Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:17-19; Luke 22:7-13
As the Passover approached, the disciples made preparation for Jesus and His followers to observe the traditional, Jewish festival commemorating the children of Israelites freedom from Egypt.
Initially, Peter and John’s obedience in following Christ’s instructions stands out in these passages. However, I want to focus on something different – the master of the house.
In reading these Scriptures, notice the man had a room already furnished and ready to be used. I wonder if God had impressed upon his heart beforehand to make this room available. Had he sensed that it would be needed? Did he have such close relationship with God that he was obedient to the prompting to make room for something more?
There is no way to know for sure, Scripture doesn’t reveal why this room was prepared, furnished, and ready for the Christ to use. One thing is certain, God looked down from Heaven and saw the willingness of this man to make available all his earthly possessions to be used in whatever way his Provider willed.
And because he made room, room for more, he was granted the privilege of the Messiah’s presence, the Savior of his soul sat in the place where he made room.
Have we made room for Christ in our life? Do we offer our heart, our home, our time as a place for Jesus to come, sit, fellowship, and dwell?
Have we made room for ‘more’ in our daily schedule? More of Him? More of His blessing? More of His Word? More of whatever He is asking of us? Have we made room for more obedience to His calling?
Lord, I want to make more room for you. I want to open up the spaces I have kept for myself and allow You to come and fellowship with me. Jesus, help me to prepare room for You in my daily routine. Help me to find the place where I can clean out the cobwebs and allow Your presence to fill me with ‘more’. Amen