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The Preparation of the Upper Room

Sunday, 19th June 2022

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Acts 1:1-8, 12-15

Jesus led the disciples for three years, he was a teacher, a father, a leader, but in the last supper, when they are in the upper room, He humbled Himself and washed the feet of all the disciples. Before He went on the cross, He told the disciples that He had overcome it all, they didn’t need to be afraid.

What else happened in the Upper Room? They encountered the resurrected Jesus. After Jesus was crucified and came back to life, the disciples gathered in the Upper Room, and Jesus came to visit them. He overcame darkness, sins, death… in the Upper Room, the disciples experienced the resurrection.

After Jesus ascended to Heaven, the disciples came together and prayed in the Upper Room. They casted lots for Matthias to be the disciple, then they prayed together and received the Holy Spirit. The Upper Room represented the transformation of lives.

Jesus was with the disciples for three years, they served together, travelled together, lived together and ate together. Jesus had been teaching them about the things in the Heaven. After He was resurrected, for forty days, Jesus continued to teach them about the Kingdom of Heaven.

Be Rebuilt Again

The disciples followed Jesus for three years, but at the end they still focused on themselves. They gave up their jobs, their families, their everything to follow Jesus, but they didn’t deny themselves. That’s why Judas betrayed Jesus, because at the end he still saw himself more important than the Kingdom of God.

The disciples wanted to see their nation restored, they wanted to see Jewish people restore their glorious identity, but when Jesus didn’t do what they expected Him to do after three years, they grew tired and their faith weakened. After Jesus came back to life, He stayed with the disciples for forty days, rebuilding them again and reminding them again the teaching of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus again rebuild the disciples, with what they already knew, but from a different perspective. God also wants us to be rebuilt, He wants to delete all our old self and old knowledge, to be restored and to see the teaching of God from a brand new perspective.

Humbly Respond

After Jesus rebuilt the disciples, they disciples came back together, receive humbly the vision from Jesus. The disciples went from Mount Olive to Jerusalem, and when they arrived Jerusalem, then went to the Upper Room, as Jesus instructed them. They were not afraid of the Roman army anymore, even though the followers of Jesus were still being prosecuted, but the disciples had faith and they stayed back in Jerusalem. They humbly respond and waited patiently for the Holy Spirit to come.

Jesus said to the disciples, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father

has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” What we will do for God will be greater than what we can imagine, but it’s not for us to know. We must follow by faith and respond humbly. The environment will not always turn out as we expected it to be, not everything will go smoothly and successfully. But we don’t need to worry, God will definitely lift us up, in ways we will never imagine.

Experience Revival

We must experience revival, not only just about receiving back what we have lost, but to be restored to be the glorious imagine, give us the authority to manage the world. It’s easy for us to just focus on what we have in front of us, but difficult for us to see the potential God created us to have! We must be revived and be restored, because God has so much in store for us to experience!

When the 120 people were willing to gather in the Upper Room, to pray and to wait, God gave them the Holy Spirit and allowed them to perform signs and wonders more than they could imagined. The Upper Room is not just for anyone, but for those who are willing to be rebuilt and those to thirst for the Holy Spirit.