March 03, 2014

The Lord's Guest Room and Supper

Mark 14:12-25

“Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”
—Mark 14:14


Today’s society is, for the most part, individualistic and self-centered. I am taught subconsciously that the whole world revolves around me. These are my possessions. I control my own assets. But, as a Christian, I am learning to say that every square inch of my life belongs to God. I know that everything I have and everything I am belong to Jesus!

Jesus asks, “Where is my guest room?” He who owned practically nothing knew that everything was his. The donkey owned by some other master became his ride into Jerusalem. (See Matthew 8:20; 21:1-11.) The upper room used for normal activities became his guest room, where Jesus offered a heavenly meal to feed the souls of his followers for eternity.

Interestingly, we have named Holy Communion the Lord’s Supper. It is not our supper; the Lord Jesus is the most im-portant person at the meal. If we fail to spiritually see the Lord and hear his words, “This is my body … . This is my blood of the covenant,” we miss the fact that we are guests at Jesus’ table, where he is truly present.

Suppers and guest rooms are ordinary parts of life. And we are called to make every meal a supper where the Lord is present, every room of our house a guest room for the Lord. Christ has placed his name on us. Hear his words today: “You are mine.”

We are grateful, Lord, that the eternal God wants to occupy our guest rooms and make our suppers a divine experience. We are thankful that you are our God—always. Amen.

About the author — Dean Deppe

Dean Deppe has been a pastor in inner-city, suburban, and rural ­churches. Currently he teaches New Testament theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. His courses include one on the parables of Jesus. He and his wife have four grown children.

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