In the Upper Room with Jesus


So many times, we think we know so much; we’re pretty sure, we have it all figured out.  And just when we think we have arrived, God likes to drop a little word or so in our cup, that let’s us re-evaluate how wise and knowledgeable we truly are.  Some days ago, I heard a song by this title.  My first thought was, that song is incorrect.  It’s just not biblically right.  Jesus was not in the Upper Room.  He had already ascended back into heaven when the 120 were gathered there.  Really!

I must tell you, that I have listened to that song many, many times in the last few days.  What a beautiful message it gives.  Now, we all know that the above mentioned folk, were assembled in that room on the day we all call Pentecost.  And suddenly, there came a sound from heaven, like a mighty rushing wind.  But Jesus, was already there.  This might shake a few limbs of our proud theology, but let’s examine it.  Jesus had appeared to many of his people, for forty days after He was resurrected; we know that.  What we also know, the Book said, there were many things that He did during the time He was here, that not enough books could contain it all.  Right!

But, it’s really very simple.  I looked it up to be sure.  Did not Jesus tell these very same followers when He was still preaching and teaching among them, that if two or three are gathered together in my name, I will be in the midst of them.  Think about it.  When any of us were seeking for the baptism of the Holy Ghost, was Jesus there; wasn’t He right there; wasn’t He there in those who had already received Him, perhaps those praying with us.  Now, I’m not into debating or arguing some doctrinal or theology stance.  I only want to say, for my part, our thinking is not always so profound.

My point is, that I was sure enough ready to argue that this song was a bit off base; without every taking time to even figure it out.  Before anyone goes off on some tangent or rant, I feel led to make a statement here.  Jesus Christ, said many things, about his Father.  The Apostles started many of their letters, talking about our Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ. I believe, it is correct to say, that many of the things of God, are a mystery.  I am convinced, we yet only know in part, and we still see through the glass, darkly; meaning, it’s not all clear to us yet.  It will be one day; but not yet.

None of us know it all; and, a lot of what many of us claim to know, was just told or taught to us by someone else.  One thing is certain, the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit, never intended for us to slam one another and cast people into hell, because they don’t agree with us.  If I’ve ever learned one thing along the way, I believe I’ve learned that.  Half of the all the people who received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, genuinely received it, are not going to hell, because they don’t see everything just as I do.  I can do things in His name, and Him not know me.  Without love, it’s all in vain.


Robert Blackburn Robert Blackburn




In the Upper Room with Jesus — 1 Comment

  1. 22Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. 23“If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”

    John 20:22-23 | MSG

    They definitely had the Holy Spirit!

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