Thursday, March 20, 2008

His Ways... Day 11... Ken Hempel

Today's devotion... written by Ken Hempel... is from Mark 14:12-17:

"12On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus' disciples asked him, "Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"

13So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14Say to the owner of the house he enters, 'The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' 15He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there."

16The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

17When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve."

I have often wondered about the people in the Bible who don't get names and faces. With all the people in the Bible, if we were to know their whole story, we could never carry it around... we would need a box truck. But I wonder about some of the people from time to time.

Like this guy... this guy who had an upper room that was prepared and ready to go when Jesus showed up. What was his story? When he put the upper room together, did he have any idea of what was going to happen up there? When he began to build it, did people think he was crazy? Did they look at him weird (you're going to build a "what")?

Similarly, what did he think when these two disciples showed up and wanted to use it? Did he think that was strange? Did he wonder what they might do up there? Could he hear them from below in the rest of the house? Did he have any idea of what might be happening above?

I've often thought of people like this and wondered what happened to them. Did he ever become a believer? Did he hear Peter preach? Did he weep when Jesus was crucified? Or did he chant "Crucify, crucify" with the rest of the croud?

Here is a nameless, faceless person who had huge impact on the story of Christ. He provided the upper room... the room where Jesus ate the meal with his disciples... where he washed their feet... where he prayed for them... where the instituted the "Lord's Supper"... where he called them "friends." And yet, we know nothing about him. Maybe that's God's way of doing things. We think we need to be in the spotlight. Rather, we should just serve where we're at and with what God puts in front of us today.


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