Imagine a group of men gathered together in one room. Imagine the conversations and the quiet moments. Imagine the anxiety at every small noise or large shadow.
Imagine the remaining disciples, living every moment in fear, locked in The Upper Room after Jesus was crucified and buried.
According to Mark, The Upper Room was a large chamber furnished with couches and suitable for a dining room. It was here in The Upper Room, only days earlier, twelve men and Jesus broke bread and drank wine together.
It was here in The Upper Room, Jesus washed the feet of the men He had traveled with over the past several years.
It was here in The Upper Room, Jesus declared that one of these men, men that he loved, would betray Him.
Scholars have often discussed the age of the disciples. Many have theorized that the twelve may have been a bit younger than Jesus. That would put the apostles’ ages somewhere in their 20’s at the time of the crucifixion.
Imagine young men in their twenties, locked together in fear, wondering what happened to their lives, wondering what they should do next.
And then they get their answer. And of course it happened in The Upper Room.
“Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” (John 20)
Today, many of us continue to live in our own Upper Room. We may lock the doors. We may live in some sort of fear. We may even wonder, what happened to my life? What should I do next?
But like the disciples, we have reason to rejoice. Because the next thing that Jesus said in The Upper Room 2000 years ago, He also says to us today:
“Peace be with you. As the father has sent me, so I send you.”
Jesus is sending us out into the world. He is entrusting us to continue His mission. He’s asking us to live our lives with God at the center of everything that we do.
That’s something that is easy to imagine.
Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK.