Originally scheduled for May 9
us suppose that you have been asked to be the caterer at the most
important meal in history: the Lord’s Supper. Your first reaction
might be that you would leave nothing to chance; every detail would
be checked and double checked. Our Lord did it somewhat differently.
Christ’s method relied on the providence of God. Let’s look at the
first requirement: just exactly where are you going to hold the
supper? Well, here are the instructions that Christ gave two of his
You’re going to go into
Jerusalem — a city crawling with pilgrims there to celebrate
Passover — and look for a guy carrying a particular type of water
Don’t ask the man anything
— just follow him until he goes into a house. This is beginning to
sound like you’ll need a trenchcoat.
When he goes into that
house, locate the owner of that house.
Then, tell that man
to show you the room which he should have prepared for Passover. And
in the same instruction, let him know that “The Teacher” will need
it for his Passover supper tonight.
Hospitality is a virtue in the ancient world. The man probably
would’ve felt very honored at the occasion. But if he’s anything
like you and me, he might’ve appreciated a little warning first. But
amazingly enough, the man is ready for them.
that water jug — maybe it’s not just a locator tag but actually has
a purpose. After all, houses in those days did not have running
water. The servants had to haul the water in jars. Maybe this was
the jar that contained the water with which Christ washed his
all this just a coincidence? No, it is a series of providences.
Foolish people sometimes will tell you that God created the universe
and then left it alone. He did not; he created and he sustains it to
this day. It is not miraculous; it is the character of God on
display. Despite what appears to be the random character of Christ’s
instructions, the disciples found everything as he said it would be.
Providence teaches us much. It first teaches us that God is the God
of the details, not just the grand sweep of things. It is not only
plausible that he pays attention to your life, it is certain. You
are a part of his creation, one of his children, why would he not
care for you?
more important reason for Providence in this case comes in steadying
the faith of the disciples. No matter how bad things look, they can
see that God has all the details in his hands. Things will work out
the way He wants them to. Communion celebrates the death of Christ,
so that we might remember his atonement. He reminds us when we do
this to remember him until he comes again. Communion also celebrates
the greatest victory in history — the resurrection. Taken together
they tell you that God is in control of the big things; he is also
providing those little things for us, like the guy with the jug.
Miracles like the resurrection show you God’s power; his attention
to detail in your life shows you his love. Remember this as you