We continue with this series today. I have been blessed to notice that new people have followed us and we welcome you.
What was the purpose of the Upper Room? We need to get this clear. I firmly believe it was the “womb” of the Church. Birthing is painful business. When we consider the intercessors of the Hebrides Revival, who surprised one minister by saying that they were not in the meetings themselves. They explained that God’s burden would come on them, with great agony of soul, once a soul was born into the Kingdom the burden eased until they were filled up again.
I believe that in the Upper Room there was this element of birthing. The way it happened is traumatic and agonizing. The Disciples had no notion of the price that the Church would cost to be birthed, the manner by which this would happen. Betrayals and torture were part of this. When we consider the price to Peter, who denied association after having such a pinnacle revelation. But Peter resisted all notion of a Messiah being betrayed and killed. And in the moment of Jesus’ great trial Peter fled in his soul into self protection.
When we consider Judas Iscariot, sat at the table in the Upper Room, and being exposed as a betrayer. The bread handed to him and satan entering his heart. The money bag being handed to him. When Judas returns to plead for Jesus to be spared I get the sensation that Judas once the act of betrayal consummated Satan leaving him and his conscience returning knew that he had committed a terrible act. No amount of pleading could reverse a process that was eternally predestined. Now the silver was empty to a man who lived on robbery. His life ended shortly after.
So what will it take for the Church to birth in any locality? What price will it mean?
I believe there is a need to return to the Scripture, not knowledge of it, but its revelation! That way we will embrace its Hebrew culture. We will not pollute it from our cultured understanding. That way we will understand what price God is requiring in the location where He wants to birth His Church.
When we compare the crucifixion day where the Upper Room became a hiding place to Pentecost, we see stark contrasts.
Let us reflect on searching God’s ways, so that we are never in ignorance. For in ignorance we will miserably forsake the Call He gave us.
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