Evening, November 8, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“The Teacher says, ‘Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?'” –Mark 14:14

Jerusalem at the time of the passover was one great inn; each householder had invited his own friends, but no one had invited the Savior, and he had no dwelling of his own. It was by his own supernatural power that he found himself an upper room in which to observe the feast. It is even so to this day–Jesus is not received among the sons of men except only where by his supernatural power and grace he makes the heart new. All doors are always open to the prince of darkness, but Jesus must clear a way for himself or lodge in the streets. It was through the mysterious power exerted by our Lord that the householder raised no question, but at once cheerfully and joyfully opened his guest chamber. Who he was, and what he was, we do not know, but he readily accepted the honor which the Redeemer proposed to confer upon him. In the same manner it is still discovered who are the Lord’s chosen, and who are not; for when the gospel comes to some, they fight against it, and will not have it, but where men receive it, welcoming it, this is a sure indication that there is a special work going on in the soul, and that God has chosen them to receive eternal life. Are you willing, dear reader, to receive Christ? Then there is no difficulty standing in the way; Christ will be your guest; his own power is working with you, making you willing. What an honor to entertain the Son of God! The heaven of heavens cannot contain him, and yet he condescends to find a house within our hearts! We are not worthy that he should come under our roof, but what an privilege beyond words when he condescends to enter! For then he makes a feast, and causes us to feast with him upon royal delicacies, we sit at a banquet where the entrees are immortal, and give immortality to those who feed on them. Blessed among the sons of Adam is one who entertains the Lord of the angels.