7 Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. 8 And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.”
9 So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?”
10 And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.”
13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover. NKJV
What an interesting story.
I want to take a bit of a different approach with this story. We have been looking at unsung heroes in this series. The owner of the house in this story is the unknown, unsung hero, but I want to look at the ones that are known. We know Peter and John. New Testament figures do not come more well-known than them. But Jesus’ instructions to them are to find a guy who just happens to have a pitcher of water in his hands, and then to follow him without saying anything to the man. That’s kind of creepy. Real live New Testament stalkers! But they did it! And then after walking into the house uninvited, they tell the owner they need to borrow his it. And the owner consents! I have this weird visual in my head of the owner saying, “Would you like me to show you where my house safe is and give you the combination, too?”
There’s a Hebrew word, “chutzpah,” and it means audacity, nerve, guts. I think it took some major “chutzpah” to walk into a stranger’s home and inform him he’s going to host a party for a dozen men.
How awkward that had to be for Peter and John. They probably felt no different than we would feel. They are being asked to step out into the unknown…to face the fear of doing something where they have no control. To ask a stranger to do something of which you would usually ask a friend. Not someone who has no idea who you are. Jesus’ words to them were not comfortable, easy words like “go get me a drink of water.” The bottom line was they could either obey Jesus’ command or not. But because we have the benefit of seeing the end of the story in our Bibles, we know that this is where Jesus did celebrate the Passover…the Last Supper…where he would pray for his disciples and give them their final instructions before he was arrested and ultimately crucified.
Men, that’s really a picture of faith. Real faith acts on God’s Words regardless of the circumstances…regardless of how comfortable or uncomfortable it makes us feel. We have been called to “walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7). And though living by faith is not the easy path, it is the path Jesus has called us to travel. It takes faith to obey His words that we are to “love our enemies.” It takes faith to “be kind to those who trash talk you.” It takes faith to “pray for those who intend to harm you.” (Matthew 5:44). But that’s how we become “the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14)
Let’s not shrink back from those awkward and difficult things God may ask of us…let’s not be afraid of treading into unknown areas where we don’t have all the information, or understand all the steps. Let’s be like Peter and John who obeyed Christ right into the awkward, the unknown, and the fearful. Remember, whatever he asks us to do, no matter how uncertain or unfamiliar, his Spirit goes with us.
And, guys, that’s why we are told “we can do all things!”
“Don’t ask God to guide your steps if you’re not willing to move your feet.”