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The Man Carrying Water

Mark 14 tells the famous story of the Last Supper. Jesus and his twelve disciples gathered together for the last meal they would eat before Jesus died. While most people know the story, there is one aspect that is overlooked more times than not: the man carrying water.

It was the first day of the festival celebrating the Passover, and tradition was to have a feast to honor the promise God had made. Jesus and the disciples didn’t exactly have a home to report back to, so the disciples had no idea where they were supposed to prepare for the feast.

Mark 14:13-15 says, “So 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. Say 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?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.’”

Follow the “man carrying a jar of water,” Jesus instructed them. There is no other mention of this man in the Bible - we don’t know who he was, why he was chosen, or how he knew to meet the disciples. So what’s the deal with this guy?

He obeyed. And his obedience was a part of making history. This man carrying water was an ordinary man who said yes to something he felt like God was telling Him to do, without questioning it and trusting that God would use his obedience. And his obedience led to one of the most important nights of Jesus’ ministry.

No matter who you are, where you are, or what season of life you are in, when God calls you to something, obey. Don’t question or doubt, simply obey. Your obedience is a part of making history.

Reflect:

  • What next step of obedience is God calling you to take?
  • What questions or doubts are holding you back from obeying God’s call in your life?

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