Communion: Why We Prepare

by Tim Mueller

I recently made my wife a small table; it was to be a Mother’s Day gift.


Weeks before Mother’s Day, I bought the wood and planned for a day when she would not be around so I could cut the wood to the dimensions I needed for this table. I carefully assembled and glued each piece of wood just so.


Making furniture requires careful planning but the end result was important enough that I was willing to take the time and make the preparations so that the finished product was perfect.

I was reading Mark chapter 14 and was struck by the following verses:

“12 On the first day of the Festival 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?”

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

Jesus had planned in advance for what would be his last Passover meal, but why?

What was so important of this night that he would make such careful and detailed preparations?

What is the most enduring occurrence of this last evening with his disciples; what occurred that was important enough for Da Vinci to immortalize it in portrait?

On this night of nights, Jesus gave us the communion ceremony.

When we come before the communion table, we are brought face to face with reminders of the pain and torture Jesus endured as a sacrifice for us, for our sins.

It is important that we approach Communion with a humble and penitent heart; that we prepare ourselves to partake as Jesus prepared for this ceremony on the night before he died.

In what ways do you prepare your heart for communion?

What are other times that we need to take special care in our preparation and approach?