by Jerry Vines

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The Upper Room (2 of 33)
Jerry Vines
Acts 1:13-26

When Jesus came from earth to heaven He was born, He lived, He rose again. We call those events ‘‘the incarnation.’’ When Jesus Christ got ready to go back from earth to heaven from whence He had come, He rose again, He spent 40 days on the earth appearing and disappearing before His disciples. Then the Bible says ‘‘he was taken up’’. In fact, four times in chapter 1 we are told that Jesus was ‘‘taken up’’. Right before the eyes of the disciples, the Lord Jesus
Christ was carried back to heaven.

When He came we call that the INCARNATION. When He returned we call that the ASCENSION.
So, the disciples of Jesus who had witnessed this rushed down the Mount of Olives, they go into the city of Jerusalem, their eyes are still filled with the scenes of the ascension. Their ears are still filled with the wonderful promises of God. The promise that this same Jesus is going to come back to the world one of these days. The promise that in just a few days the
Holy Spirit would come and they would receive power to be witnesses of the living Christ, beginning where they were, and to the ends of the world.

When we look at these verse we are told that the disciples were gathered together in an upper room. Literally it says, ‘‘the upper room’’. We like to think maybe this was the place where the Lord gathered His disciples in an upper room for the Lord’s Supper. Whether that is true or not, and the place is not the thing that really impresses me, what really impresses me is that the disciples are being obedient to what the Lord had told them to do. Jesus said, ‘‘Tarry in
Jerusalem. Sit down in Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.’’ Jesus said, ‘‘Wait for the promise which will be given to you not many days hence.’’ So, it was necessarily the place, it was obedience to the command of the Lord. When you look at these disciples and you see what kind of men they are, you will notice that they were ...

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