Are You Prepared For The Visit?
by Pastor Shana Wise
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?”
13 And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. 14 Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” ’ 15 Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.”
16 So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.
· Jesus and his disciples were preparing to celebrate the Jewish holiday of the Passover; however, this Passover was going to be history-making, just like the first one in Exodus.
· We do not know if Jesus made prior arrangements with the man of the house or if he was just chosen to host them at the spare of the moment. However, we do know that the upper room in his house was furnished and prepared for the Passover.
· What struck me in the text is that the man of the house had a room prepared in advance. What if he did know that the Messiah was going to come and have Passover at his home? Or what if he was getting things ready in his house because he knew that something special was going to happen? Whatever the situation was, he was ready and Jesus was ready to come and have the “Last Supper” with his disciples.
What lessons can we learn from the man of the house in this text?
1. We must have room for Jesus in our homes. The home can be physical and within ourselves. Verse 15 states that the room was large, furnished, and prepared for Jesus and his disciples to celebrate Passover. Sounds like the room was “all-inclusive” to me, meaning all Jesus had to do was show up and the room was ready for him to make us of.
2. What things has God given us that we need to lend to him for ministry purposes? Do you have possessions that you can bless someone else with? Or, do you have a spiritual gift that the body of Christ needs to advance the Kingdom of God? Whatever it is, are you prepared to lend or give it for the sake of Christ?
3. If Christ was to visit your home now, would he be pleased? What if you knew in advance he was coming, what things would you do to prepare the house?
4. We do not know the day or the hour for Christ return on earth, nor do we know the day that will be our last day here as well, yet are we ready when the time comes? Like the man in the text, what things do we need to prepare for in advance for Christ to come and visit?
· Jesus Christ wants more than just to visit our homes; he desires an everlasting relationship with us. The purpose of the visit is to captivate our hearts. Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior yet? If not, what is preventing you to do so?
· In this text, Jesus was preparing himself and the disciples for his death, burial, and resurrection that was soon to come within the next couple of days. Jesus, was the Passover lamb, meaning he was the sacrifice of God given to the world for the sake of redemption and everlasting life. If you believe today that Christ died for your sins and rose from the grave so that you may not only have everlasting life, but a relationship with the Father, then my friend welcome to the best day of your life! Jesus loves you and your life will never be the same again!
About the Author
Dr. Shana Wise is an ordained Pastor and CEO of Wise Choice Ministries (est. 2016). She is the founder of The Well Christian Women’s Network formally known as Christian Women Preachers United. Dr. Wise is the author of women’s devotional, Acts of Intercession, and The Impact of Your Election (available on Amazon). She received a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2019 from St. Thomas Christian University. Her passion is to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, equip others to apply the Word to their lives, and demonstrate the Word through the power of the Holy Spirit. She is a televangelist that appears on social media outlets and television. Shana is married to Ron Wise and is the mother of four children.
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