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Cooking for Jesus –

Mark 14: 16 So the disciples set out and went to the city and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal. [1]

Ash Wednesday is the official start of the Lenten season. 40 days later is Good Friday. I may be writing a little out of sequence, but today I want to share a few thoughts about the preparation of the Passover meal, the night Jesus is betrayed and killed the next day. Christians sometimes blow right past the preparations for the Passover meal.

Jesus and his disciples were devout in their adherence to the Jewish faith. They did not see themselves as a independent religion, but as Jews who had found, “The Way.” They saw Jesus as the messiah, the long awaited one who was prophesied in the Old Testament.

In Mark 14, Jesus gives specific instructions for the preparation of the Passover meal which includes finding a room – remember, Jesus and his disciples are not from Jerusalem, which was 76 miles north. They needed help in locating a room to have their meal. Jesus also directs the disciples to procure a lamb and everything else needed for the meal.

Mark 14: 12 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16 So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal. [2]

A couple of weeks ago, my church wrapped up a mission observation trip to Guatemala. We witnessed the vital and good work of Friends of FORMA which provides life skills enhancement to children of Mayan descent. We donated 200 pounds of clothing and spent our time touring schools and the Spanish speaking school, Jabell Tinamit. One of the highlights of the trip for many in our mission observation team was a cooking class that was led by many of the children. They taught us step by step how to prepare a traditional Mayan meal. As we went through the process of preparing the meal, I thought about what it must have been like for the first disciples to assemble each item for the Passover meal, and then cook to the glory of God so they could not only serve Jesus, but to share with Jesus a “Last Supper.”

Mark 14: 16 So the disciples set out and went to the city and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal. [3]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Reading Mark 14, do you think the Passover meal (Maundy Thursday) the day before Good Friday, was the first time the Disciples had prepared a meal for Jesus?
  2. What images come to your mind as you read in Mark 14 the various preparations for the Passover meal (locating a room for the meal, selecting a lamb for the meal, and other details?
  3. What in your faith experience is comparable to the disciples preparing a Passover meal for Jesus?

Prayer: Lord, bless my hands, my eyes, nose and brain as I prepare food to the glory of your name! Lord, I need your guidance so each element of the meal, from the vegetables, starch, and entrée meat all are finished at the same time. Lord, grant me your inspiration so the presentation of the meal will be attractive and inviting. Lord, bless the table, the hands that have prepared the meal, the hands that serve the meal, and the hands that will partake of this meal. In Jesus name. Amen.

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mk 14:15–16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mk 14:12–16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[3] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mk 14:15–16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.