Make Jesus Your Guest
“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?” 13 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, 14 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?’ 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.” – Matthew 14: 12-16
During the time of Passover, many rituals were practiced and revered by the Jews. It was during this time that the disciples came to Jesus and asked him where they would have the Passover meal. His answer displays that if you ask your questions to Jesus, He will have the right answers for you. Through this occasion, Jesus honored His disciples as His guests. He instructed two of his disciples to go into the city and prepare a room, a large upper room, for the Passover meal, which He knew would be His last supper with them. Though He was God and could have access to any place or setting, Jesus desired to have this meal in a personal, intimate place to have fellowship with His disciples. In the same way, we may expect to experience Jesus only in churches, large auditoriums, or other grand venues. However, God is more interested in meeting with us in our personal homes, in our personal spaces. The question is, do we invite Jesus into our most intimate, personal settings? It is in those places that the strongest relationships develop and flourish, where we develop comfortability and closeness with people. This is where Jesus wants to develop a personal relationship with us too. However, to have this kind of relationship requires consciously making time, space, and opportunity to get to know him more. It is in those times of knowing Him that Jesus will do some of the most remarkable things in our lives, reveal the most beautiful truths in our lives, just as he did with His disciples during the last supper.
The Lord’s Supper was, and still is, a reflection of Jesus body and blood, which was broken and shed on our behalf, and was done to establish a new covenant with us. His blood was poured for the payment of our sin, “Do this in remembrance of me”. Jesus established a covenant, symbolized by communion, that we may never forget who He is, and what He sacrificed for us on the cross. Let us never forget what God was willing and able to do that we may have a relationship with Him, and in the same way open our lives, our homes, all we have and all we are to Him, because He deserves it.
Will you open your time, talents, and treasures, to God and allow Him to work in your life and through your life? Will you invite Him to be your guest?
Pastor Bethel Johnson