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The Upper Room

Have you ever wished you could have been a part of the upper room experience with Jesus and His disciples? As I write this, we are experiencing the Covid 19 virus and have been asked to practice social distancing to help stop the the spread of the virus. It has made me miss being in church on Sabbath where I experience the family of God. This passage from Luke 22:7-13 spoke to my heart as I studied it this week.

It was Thursday afternoon just before Passover eve, and Jesus sent two of His disciples to do a special task. He said Go … (Matthew 10:7; 22:9; 28:7,19; Mark 16:15) meaning to “pursue the journey upon which one has entered”. As Christians we are all entered upon a journey and we are commissioned to “go” to bring as many with us as we can.

The commission of Jesus on this day is stated in the verse below.

But the disciples had a question which Jesus answers with specific instructions.

On our Christian journey, each of us may experience the Passover. The Bible tells us that we too will have a cross experience at the close of time when we will follow the Lamb of God whithersoever He goeth (Revelation 14:4) which means to the cross. Jesus knew His disciples would be soon following Him to the cross and He wanted them to prepare to receive the Passover which symbolized what He would do for them at this time. Apparently the place of preparation would be specifically important as we can tell by His very specific answer to their question.

The city they were entering was Jerusalem. On our commissioned journey, we too, by faith, enter the same heavenly city.

There a Man will meet us bearing a pitcher of water. Do you know Who He is? He represents Jesus Christ who in the vessel of a clay human body (pitcher) bore our infirmities. And it is He who offers us His living water, the Holy Spirit or Divine Power (John 4:10-14).

Hebrews 2:14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Jesus said to follow the man into the house where He entered in. To just meet a stranger and follow him into his dwelling is a strange thing to do. But His disciples would do as they were told. But how do we follow Jesus into His house today? Jesus has entered a specific place in heaven, and He would have us by faith follow Him there.

24For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

And Jesus went on to give further specific instructions to His disciples.

As we by faith, enter the house of God, we must say to the Goodman of the house, (God the Father – John 14:2), the Master (God the Son – Hebrews 3:3-4,6) saith unto thee, Where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?

Jesus wants to show us His upper room. It is large and furnished. By faith we enter this high and holy place in the house of God called the Most Holy place. And we enter with His disciples.

The upper room is the place of prayer. It is not a place of discord but is a place of unity.

Did you notice that the room would be furnished? Listen to the plea of Christ our Wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:24). This is also a description of Passover if you look carefully.

Here, by faith, in this high and holy place, Christ would have us come and dine with Him to prepare ourselves or make ready for our journey toward the cross (John 13:1-17; Luke 22:14-20; Revelation 8:2-6). Here He washes our feet with His humility, He feeds us with the living bread of His Word and He gives us to drink of the wine of His cleansing blood. He wants us to understand what is before us on our journey, how to avail of His death and how to trust in His Father’s will (Hebrews 10:7-18) until it is written on our heart and mind (Psalms 40:8). Then we are prepared for the cross (Matthew 26:39).

Luke 22:13And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

Friend, I invite you to come with me into the upper room experience with Christ. We are nearing the end of our journey. Bring someone with you. Watch and listen to Jesus.

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