Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
1. We are looking at events which occur during the final two days of Jesus’ life here on the planet.
2. Jesus’ enemies, the religious leaders, are seriously seeking His death. The problem they faced was that the Jewish people held Jesus in high regard.
3. Then, Judas, one of the Twelve, experienced the working of Satan, possibly even indwelling him. (See John 6:60–71, 12:1–6, and 13:21–30, which may help answer this question.)
4. Judas had connections with the religious authorities, among whom would be Roman military people, and he worked with them on how to betray Jesus into their hands. And much of Judas’ motive had to do with being paid to do this. This treachery on the part of Judas may never be completely understood.
5. The very next day, which scholars mostly agree was Thursday, the day the Passover lamb had to be killed, Jesus sent Peter and John to make ready for Him and His Twelve apostles to celebrate the Passover meal. They asked Him about where this would be done.
6. Jesus told them they would come across a man carrying a jar of water as they entered the city of Jerusalem. (This would be significant as women did this work, not men.)
7. Peter and John were to follow this man to the house to which he as going and speak to the master of that house and ask where He and His disciples were to eat the Passover meal.
8. At that Jesus says, this master will show Peter and John a large upper room already furnished. And there they will eat the Passover meal.
9. The question remains, was this a miracle or a plan prepared ahead of time by Jesus?