“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.” – Mark 14:12 – 16 (ESV)
I had never thought about the person, who owned the home with the upper room where Jesus and his disciples met for the last time before Jesus was arrested.
In one of this past week’s devotional thoughts, the author speculates about who this person was and his act of love in providing a space for them to meet.
“Not all houses had upper rooms; and the few that did had rooms large enough to accomodate a ritual meal for thirteen people. This whispering householder, the ‘goodman of the house,’ the head of the family, was not poor. He had something to lose.” (Wangerin 49)
Many significant people are unnamed in the Bible, which only makes them more captivating to consider in the ministry of Jesus and how that plays out in our own spiritual walk.
Do we make room for Jesus like the owner of this house did? Are we willing to risk our worldly life for Him?
I like the author’s ending to this devotion:
“Yet, Where is my guest room? the Teacher asks. And loving him as he love us, we answer, ‘Here, Lord. In my heart.'” (Wangerin 50)