Monday, January 9, 2012

The Commands of Christ - Matthew 26:18

"And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples."'" -Matthew 26:18

To whom is this command spoken?

The previous verse indicates Jesus is speaking to His disciples.

What does this command require?

Go into the city to a certain man. Tell him that this message from Jesus, "My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples."

What truths do we learn from this command?

Jesus' earthly ministry is coming to an end. He has spent three years with the disciples teaching and training them to be sent out after His death and resurrection. The events are all falling into place and soon Jesus will be crucified. Jesus realizes this and sends His disciples to prepare for the Passover, which would become what we remember as 'the Last Supper.'

Once again, we find that Jesus has a specific plan in mind. He didn't send the disciples to just anyone to prepare the Passover. He sent the disciples to a certain man. This man was a man who had a house with an upper room. He would have been a man that was obedient to the things of God. He was a man appointed by God for this specific time.

What are the blessings of obedience?

The disciples were obedient to this command. Jesus sent them to get things ready for the Passover, and they obeyed. Because of their obedience, the disciples saw the plan of God unfolding before their eyes and they participated with Jesus in this final Passover.

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