Man carrying the water jar…Luke 22:7-13
When the day of the feast of Unleavened Bread arrived, the day for sacrificing the Passover lamb, he sent out Peter and John, instructing them, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”
They asked him, “Where do you want us to make the preparations?”
And he answered them, “When you go into the city, a man will meet you carrying a jar of water. Follow him into the house that he enters and say to the master of the house, ‘The teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’
He will show you a large upper room that is furnished. Make the preparations there.”
Then they went off and found everything exactly as he had told them, and there they prepared the Passover.
Nothing else is said of the man carrying the jar of water but I believe he was a true disciple of Jesus.
Jesus may be showing us he doesn’t put stock in traditional human roles.
He doesn’t hold up the importance of stereotypes.
In Jesus’ time, no man would ever be caught carrying water. But this man did. Jesus wants us to know, He will meet us right where we are. Whoever we are, whatever we are doing.
This man and the homeowner were open to listening to Jesus’ words and following his request, teaching, and way of life.
Jesus may also be showing us, we are all His family. The Passover meal was to be celebrated and eaten with the family. Jesus considers all of us His earthly family. He wants to come into our home and celebrate with each of us.
Jesus used a common, everyday item for the disciples to see as a mile marker…water. Water is the most essential commodity needed for life. Jesus is the spring of enteral life. Water is used in cleansing of sin, like in our Baptism. In this passage, Jesus uses water as a form of direction.
We can all strive to be true disciples like the man carrying the water jar and be ready when Jesus comes into our home.