The Upper room
Mark 14: 13-16
13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 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?’ 15 He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there. 16 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
The Message says it was a spacious second-storey room which had been swept and made ready. TPT says the table was set. The Amplified says dining couches and carpets laid.
We can see the picture. The owner of the house was ready.
He wouldn’t get a place at the table. He wouldn’t even be known by his name.
But he had the vital role of hosting the presence of the real Passover Lamb.
We need to become better hosts of His presence.
The Upper room is where Jesus washed the disciples’ feet demonstrating love.
It is where we see the power and beauty of Jesus’ prayer life (John 17).
It is where the disciples gathered in fear after the death of Jesus.
It is where Jesus appeared to them showing the nail prints.
It is where Jesus breathed on the disciples to receive the Holy Spirit.
The Upper room is where tongues of fire came on their first Pentecost.
But none of this would have happened if the spacious room hadn’t been cleaned and given.
Are we expecting Him coming? Are we getting ready?
Have we created space, our own upper room in our hearts, free of clutter so that we can host Him?
Have we swept out the old habits and cleaned our lives from destructive thoughts and emotions?
I believe churches can still be ideally placed for hosting His presence.
We certainly need a visitation from God.
Let’s get hosting!