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?” Mark 14:12
I don’t know if I ever considered the irony of Mark’s statement of the day “when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb,” that we are never told of the lamb Jesus’ disciples ate for their feast. If they were like everyone else they needed to slaughter a lamb and it would have been the main course that night. It was a very messy day as all the lambs were brought to the temple to be slaughtered. But the Bible makes no mention of a lamb for Jesus and his disciples—slaughtered or eaten. Perhaps it is to help us to see that Jesus is this Passover’s lamb. Mark does have Jesus say at the meal, “this is my body.” We know this lamb and it was messy when he would be sacrificed the next day. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!