by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Behind the Black Curtain in the Upper Room
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
John 13:33

In the Upper Room our Lord began immediately to deal with those who were His own in a way He had never dealt with them or anyone else before. He began to talk about things He had never before talked about. He was attempting to lift their thinking to a high plane - because these men were frightened.

They knew something tremendous was in the offing and that they were facing a crisis. Yonder in the Upper Room sin was knocking at the door, demanding its pound of flesh. Also behind the black curtain in that Upper Room was the long, thin hand of death stretching forth to reach their Savior. These men were rightly frightened. They didn’t know what to think as they looked at the circumstances around them. As they looked, our Lord attempted to lift their thinking from a low plane to a high plane. He attempted to take them from the here-and-now to the hereafter. He attempted to lift them from the physical to the spiritual. He attempted to take them from the things which were at their fingertips to the thing that was beyond what their eye could see or their ear could hear. He was drawing their thinking yonder, and that is where He would have us think today.

As our Lord moves along, He is interrupted. He is interrupted by four men who stand out in the crowd of eleven disciples. These four men have the spotlight put on them and the cameras trained on them for a moment as they speak out. They are attempting to stop Him and pull Him back because they have questions that are bothering them in a desperate sort of way. Our Lord in a patient manner answers the questions of these men and, in doing so, leads them to the very heights.

We want to follow Him as He moves up and out in that Upper Room.

The first thing that He said triggered all their interruptions. He said in substance, ‘‘I have been saying to the Jews on the outside that I am going to leave and they won’t see Me. Now I want to say ...

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