In the final hours of His ministry Jesus sends Peter and John to the crowded city of Jerusalem to prepare the Passover for Him and His disciples. Let us stop for a minute and examine the situation from Peter and John’s perspective. Jerusalem was crowded, and there were approximately 2.6 million people in Jerusalem during the Passover festival who visited from all around Judea, Asia, Africa, and even Greece. The apostles probably didn’t have much money to pay for a large room to prepare for the Passover festival especially during such a busy season, so they had a problem. We too sometimes can encounter difficulties after Jesus gives us a command. Nothing that Jesus commanded His disciples was easy: Leave your nets and follow me, or feed 5,000 men... Whatever Jesus commanded was extremely difficult and almost impossible for man, but the only way to accomplish His commands is “through faith.” When Jesus commanded Peter and John they didn’t refute Jesus, but instead asked “Where do you want us to prepare?” Only then Jesus answered and gave them detailed instructions on how to find the right place for the last supper. We too, when confronted with a command from the Lord should’t ask ourselves if or when we are going to do it, but obey immediately and trust in His guidance and provision. For “there is no obedience without faith, and there is no faith without obedience.” “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” (Hebrews 5:9). In other words, there is no salvation, no eternal life, without obedience! Death entered through disobedience. Life and immortality were brought to light through obedience to the faith! The way was opened up for us by the obedience of Christ. The way is now here, open for us.
- Written by Ray Angulo