On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?”
“As you go into the city,” he told them, “you will see a certain man. Tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My time has come, and I will eat the Passover meal with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus told them and prepared the Passover meal there. Matthew 26:17-19 (NLT)
We prepare for lots of things. A wedding. A birth. Holidays. A homecoming. A birthday or anniversary. Graduation. Retirement. You probably spend time, effort, and money making sure everything is just right. Perhaps you’ve invited friends and family. You work hard cleaning up your house before the event. Your ‘Martha’ spirit may take over if you are like me when I’m under stress. (Luke 10:40) 🙂
There are so many things in life we prepare for. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I prepare for Easter. Of course I can put special decorations on the table, fill Easter baskets for the grandchildren, make homemade candy, hard boil eggs and color them, and the list could go on and on. While these things may help to make the holiday special, they are a pale reflection of what is most important.
I’ve been reading through the scriptures leading up to the Passover and the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Preparations were made in this story as well. The disciples took care of getting things ready for the Passover meal. Jesus spent time in prayer as He considered the road ahead of Him that led to the cross, His death, and eventually new life for all of us.
With Easter only a few days away, now is a great time to do some weeding of your heart. (and mine too.) Confess your sins to God and ask for His forgiveness. Thank Him for allowing His son to die in your place so you have the opportunity to go to heaven. Release your struggles into the hands of your Heavenly Father, knowing He loves and cares for you. Ask God for a clean heart so when Easter morning comes, you’ll be ready to celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior.