Wise parents anticipate their child’s birth and often begin saving for college expenses as soon as the child is born. They do it knowing that important events require adequate preparation. So it does not surprise us that Christ, in anticipation of His death on the cross, followed the eternal plan of events. We read Christ’s instructions to his disciples in Mark chapter 14, verse 13-15: “As you go into the city a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ he will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” Jesus anticipated and had plans for this particular Passover meal. He knew it had meaning far beyond recalling God’s deliverance of ancient Israel from Egyptian slavery. He knew this meal would anticipate the New Covenant God would establish to benefit all humanity. He knew He was God’s Passover Lamb who would turn away God’s holy wrath from us. He knew the outcome of His death would mean eternal life for all who trust in Him.

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