A woman’s job. And maybe they didn’t complain. Perhaps they simply acquiesced and that’s in part why Jesus asked these two men to make preparations for the Last Supper, because He knew they would say yes. So Peter and John were paired together, looking for a man carrying a water jug, supposed to ask him for a room in which they could observe Passover.
Whether or not these two men acquiesced or grumbled, walked steadily or stomped off, Jesus asked Peter and John to complete a pretty common task, and a task that a woman usually took care of.
How often do I miss hearing Jesus ask me to do something because I get caught up in the fact that it’s common? It seems insignificant or trivial. Someone else should be doing it. Many times, it is in these very moments that I miss the Lord’s voice, – I miss enjoying hearing Him speak personally to me, – and I miss the significant, intentional work that He is doing through me.
So these two disciples entered the town, identified the man, entered into the guest room, and prepared the Passover. Roasting the lamb, setting the table … perhaps at the time they did not understand the significance of the upcoming events; the Passover was tradition… but after Christ’s ascension in Peter’s letter and in John’s Revelation, we learn that they understood Jesus was the Lamb of God, our Passover Lamb, the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.
Remember, even as you prepare supper, it is through the common and every day, the traditions and tasks, that the Lord is working to reveal Himself to you and through you. Take up the task of cooking supper with thanksgiving, recognizing its significance. Let us in everything pray and give thanks to the Lord.
1 Peter 1:18-20
“knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you…”
Revelation 5:6-8, 12-13
“And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”