THE UPPER ROOM(Pt. 1)

“Then you shall 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.’ So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover “(Luke 22:11-13 NKJV)

“Where is the guest room for the Master to eat with His disciples ?” is a great question. It actually should echo down through time, because in many ways it is an eternal question from the heart of God. God looks for an “Upper Room” experience with each and every one of His disciples. As a matter of fact what makes us true disciples is our desire to prepare a room in our inner dwelling to feast with Him as our honored guest.

The occasion in Luke 22 is set in the time of the year when the Jews would celebrate their traditional Passover feast. Moving concurrently with their feast as ritual, Jesus was moving toward His ultimate purpose, the cross. Ritual was about to give way to reality; type was giving way to the anti-type. He would embody all that the prophets had foretold: “This is He who was manifest to take away sins”(1 Jn 3:5).

Jesus sends His apostles ahead of Him in order that everything will be ready when He comes. I wonder if we realize that before there is an appearance of our Lord, there is necessarily preparation to welcome Him. The question comes…”Where shall we prepare?” Notice, Jesus’ words of instruction (Luke 22:7-12):

(1) “Go to the city”. This speaks to me of the “city” that Abraham looked for “Whose builder and maker is God”(Heb. 11:10). The psalmist declared, “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God”(Ps. 46:4). I remind you that God placed Adam in the Garden of God, but John sees God’s ultimate plan was the city of God. (Rev 21:2) Make sure you are looking for the right city.

(2) “Follow a man carrying a jar of water”. He is the Lord’s servant. He and the vessel he is carrying will both carry the Water of Life. Not every vessel is a vessel fit for the Master. But His servants will bear His mark upon their lives; they carry living Water from the living God. (Read 2 Co 4:7). When you find such a servant…”Follow him” (See 1 Co 11:1).

It is very interesting that there are at least three “Upper Room” encounters in the scriptures. It seems that each of these speak, individually, of one of the Feasts of the LORD referred to in the Word of God. There are three Feasts in the religious calendar of Israel that they were commanded to not forget to celebrate: Passover (1st month), Pentecost (3rd month) and Tabernacles (7th month). These were so important that God calls them “The Feasts of the LORD”. Those who observed their spiritual significance do so with a promise: “Blessed—happy, fortunate (to be envied)—are the people who know the joyful sound (who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the Feasts); they walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of Thy countenance” (Psalm 89:15 Amplified).

We will only look at the first Feast in this study, the Feast of Passover. In Luke 22, the Upper Room discourse and gathering is around the time of the Feast of Passover. Jesus longed to eat this meal with His disciples. He knew it would be His last time with them before He was arrested, tried on false charges, and executed on the Cross. This was not accidental. It was in the Father’s plan that while the Nation of Israel was celebrating a remembrance of the Passover lamb slain on the night they were delivered from Egypt and their house of bondage, Jesus would be hanging on the Cross. He was the fulfillment of all that they had done for nearly 1500 years in ritual observance. But now, as Paul declared to us as believers in Jesus, “Christ our Passover Lamb has been slain for us. Therefore let us keep the Feast”(2 Co 5:7). It was in the Upper Room that Jesus would make known that which He was about to do on the Cross of Calvary, which was to give the Feast of Passover it’s full meaning. He was, as John the Baptist announced, “The Lamb that takes away the sin of the world”(John 1:29).

Have you had this “Upper Room” experience? Do you know that He is your Passover Lamb? You can know this for sure. John wrote, “If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just and will forgive us of all sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”(1 Jn 1:9 NIV). The Upper Room was more than a meal. It was the announcement of a fresh start; a new beginning and walk with God—clean and forgiven.

Copyright© Walter Fletcher Jr., 2010. Permission is granted to reproduce this article free of charge, provided that it is not altered in its original form and content. Please direct all correspondence to walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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