And He said to them, Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters.
Then you will 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?"
Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready."
Luke 22:9-12 (NKJV)
Did you ever see a movie where someone was looking for something of value using a "treasure map" of some kind? Often the map had an "X" on it to mark the spot where the treasure was hidden. But what also often happened was that the person had to follow a series of clues or directions that led them to the spot where the treasure was. While the "X" may have marked the spot, its location was not always so obvious or easy to find for any casual observer. The treasure could only to be revealed to the person who followed the directions to the right location.
The story in Luke 22 of where Jesus had the Passover meal is one that I find to be very interesting. It starts with the disciples asking Jesus where they should prepare for the Passover. Jesus did not just tell them to go to a certain address in a certain city; Jesus did not directly identify the place that they needed to go to, but He told them how to get there. It would seem like Jesus should have just told them exactly where to go instead of running them around in circles. But there are some valuable lessons we can learn here about how God will guide us.
God knows exactly what we need, where it is, and what we need to do to have what belong to us because of Jesus. So why doesn't He always just give us a straight path to what we need? The answer is faith, we live a life of faith and if everything we needed was just laid out for us we would not be living a life of faith we would just live by our senses. We need to develop in our relationship with God and learn to trust Him and follow His direction. This will not only lead us to the answers we need today but it will also help us develop a greater trust in our heavenly Father to take bigger and bolder steps of faith in the future.