Mark 14:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Mark 14:14, NIV: "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?'"

Mark 14:14, ESV: "and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’"

Mark 14:14, KJV: "And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?"

Mark 14:14, NASB: "and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says, 'Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?'?’"

Mark 14:14, NLT: "At the house he enters, say to the owner, 'The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?'"

Mark 14:14, CSB: "Wherever he enters, tell the owner of the house, 'The Teacher says, "Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"'"

What does Mark 14:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This is a similar situation to Mark 11:1–7. There, Jesus told two of His disciples to enter a village and bring a specific donkey colt; when asked what they were doing they were to tell nearby men that "the Lord" needs to borrow it. The Bible doesn't say if Jesus had spoken to the owner of the upper room beforehand or if the Holy Spirit had made the arrangements. Tens of thousands of visitors from Galilee to the north, Perea to the east, and around the Roman Empire have gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, so the fact that they find a fully furnished room, ready for their use, is proof God is involved somehow. It's not clear if this is the same upper room as in Acts 1:13.

This passage shows how in control Jesus is. He knows how to find a room to celebrate the Passover meal. He knows someone will betray Him (Mark 14:18). And He knows He will die (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:32–34). He even tells Judas when to coordinate His arrest (John 13:27). There is nothing about this week that is outside of Jesus' control. And despite His anguish at the thought of facing the crucifixion and the removal of God's presence, He goes forward (Mark 14:36). Fortunately, He also knows that His sacrifice will succeed, and although He will not drink with His disciples past this night, He will "drink it new in the kingdom of God" (Mark 14:25).

"Disciples" is from the Greek root word mathetes. It means someone who chooses a teacher to gain more than rote knowledge. It implies a desire to follow in that teacher's way of life. The next few hours will be horrendous. One of Jesus' disciples will betray Him to the authorities (Mark 14:41–45). Another will deny knowing Him (Mark 14:66–72). The rest will scatter in fear (Mark 14:50). All but one will abandon Him as He hangs on the cross (John 19:26–27).

Knowing this, Jesus still calls them His disciples. He will spend the next few hours teaching them what He values, including service (John 13:1–20), love (John 13:34–35), the importance of valuing Him more than the world (John 15), the permanence of joy in Him (John 16:16–24), and the work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:4–15). Before they leave for the garden of Gethsemane, hours before the disciples will scatter, Jesus will pray over them, that God will keep them and guard their souls (John 17:6–19). The night before the disciples' abandonment, Jesus prepares them for their reconciliation.