“The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching. The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction.”
Luke 22:1-2 NLT
Jesus selected two men, Peter and John, to be in charge of preparing the Passover meal, and He gave them very detailed directions. Jesus told them to go into Jerusalem, look for the man carrying a pitcher of water, and follow him into the house. Tell the owner of the house that The Teacher wants to know the location of your guest room because He wants to have the Passover meal there with His disciples.
“Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, “Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.” “Where do you want us to prepare it?” they asked him.”
Luke 22:8-9 NLT
Jesus continued His instructions, “He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.”
Did Jesus set this up with the homeowner in advance? Did he prearrange the escort of Peter and John to the house? Or was it a supernatural knowing? I don’t know for sure, but I think probably Father God had given Jesus detailed instructions for preparing this Passover meal, and Jesus was delegating according to the will of His Father.
It’s a fascinating scenario surrounding this very important feast table. There’s a murder plot, a traitor, and a highly celebrated feast bringing many visitors into Jerusalem. And superseding all of these man-made schemes is God’s rescue plan of salvation for all people through the sacrificial death of God’s innocent Son.
“He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.””
Luke 22:10-12 NIV
Jerusalem was fraught with intrigue, rebellion, loyalty and celebration. And in the midst of human scheming, Jesus presented a very detailed set of instructions. He was absolutely sure of God’s plan for this Last Supper with the twelve. Jesus even knew the identity of His betrayer. Yet, preparations were made, all invited, and everything was exactly as Jesus had detailed to Peter and John.