It Had to Be So
Reading: Luke 22:7-13
Then came the first day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it.” They said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare it?” And He said to them, “When you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house that he enters. And you shall say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ And he will show you a large, furnished upper room; prepare it there.” And they left and found everything just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover. [NASB1995®]
The hour of the Lord is drawing nearer, and he is preparing to celebrate Passover with his disciples for the last time. Luke reminds us that the lamb “must” be sacrificed for the Passover. There could be no Passover without sacrifice.
There is no other way in which men receive forgiveness. A sacrifice is necessary. Sin must be judged. Jesus is that sacrifice. He died, so that we can have life.
As we read this passage we can see how the Lord has planned this supper; where it will be, with whom the disciples should talk, and how everything must be prepared. This night is important; it will be the last one he shares with his own.
This Passover, like everything Jesus does, is part of God’s eternal purpose. When Moses celebrated the first Passover in Egypt hundreds of years ago, the Lamb that is about to be sacrificed had already been provided.
Jesus, the Lamb of God, is the center of history. He, giving his life on the Cross, is what gives meaning to all other events.
Thus we see how every event in God’s work is part of His purpose. And that purpose is to glorify Himself by showing us His love and saving us.
MEDITATE: May we always remember that it is the Lord’s providence that determines all things! Even in saving you and rescuing you!
Scripture quotation taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Translation By: Emily Stader