Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Something Borrowed…

Luke 22:10 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. 11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? 12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.

Jesus was a stranger upon this earth. His life, especially during His ministry years was extremely Spartan. He never let His roots go down too deep because this world is not His home, only His footstool. Out of all eternity, He only spent 33 and one half years here. Granted, they were very impactful years. His pillow was a stone. For His birth, He utilized a borrowed womb, for His supper, a borrowed room and for His death, a borrowed tomb. Along the way, He borrowed a donkey, a coin from a fish's mouth, lodging in Lazarus' house, among other things.

Let's consider some things about the room that the Lord borrowed to institute the Lord's Supper.

1. The Day of Passover was observed there. (vs 8) Jesus was an observant Jew. He did not come to destroy, but to fulfill the law.

2. The Decor of the place, it was a large, furnished room (vs 12) Jesus made sure His followers would have elbow room and comfort here.

3. The Devil was present, indwelling Judas (vs 3) Wherever God works, Slew Foot follows up with his destructive, deadly and thieving ways.

4. Desire was present (vs 15) It was with desire that Jesus longed to eat this meal with His disciples.

5. The Disciples were present (vs 14) No excuses were allowed for this occasion. Mandatory attendance was required.

6. A Decree was made concerning the body and blood of the Savior. (vss 17-20) This is where the Lord’s supper was instituted as an ordinance for the local church. The juice represented His shed blood and the unleavened bread, His broken, crucified body.

7. Disclosure resulted - they learned the identity of the betrayer (vss 21-22) Judas dipped the sop with Jesus and it was a sign to some of the others.

8. A Declaration was given to Peter (vss 31-34) That is, that Peter would deny the Lord.

All this and so much more occurred in this borrowed banquet hall.

Today, in Jerusalem, there exists a room to which pilgrims flock to occupy. There, they can mentally picture the occasion of the Lord's supper, as well as where the disciples huddled in fear of arrest, as well as where they were praying together on the day of Pentecost. A Muslim minaret looms above and the tomb of David is displayed on a lower level. Imagine that, this same place the Lord borrowed so long ago, today houses shrines of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. I am not sure you could find this arrangement anywhere else on earth.

Jesus made use of a borrowed womb, a borrowed room and borrowed tomb.

Is there something of yours the Lord could use today to promote His glorious kingdom? Perhaps your tongue, or your mind, your witness, your kindness, your love, your labor, your wallet…all of these He could employ, if only we are willing.

Know this, whatever He uses is returned with interest. Freely you have received, so freely give. Make yourself and your stuff available to the Lord today.

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