[Each day of Holy Week, I am going to publish a communion meditation that I wrote and delivered, while serving as an Elder, over the past seven years where I worship at Northwood Christian Church, in Springfield, Oregon.]
A Room for All Time
Jesus knew what he wanted. It was time to prepare for the Passover. Jesus knew it would be his last Passover and his last meal. And so he wanted a room that would hold all of his closest disciples, the Twelve, and probably those few other men and women whom Jesus loved most. He sent Peter and John to arrange the room and the meal. The owner of the house is not named, but undoubtedly he was one of Jesus’ followers. The room was large and on the second story of the house. The room was perfect–perfect for the One who would make this a room for all time.
For over a thousand years the Jews had celebrated the Passover in rooms like this one. But Jesus was standing history on its head, and now this room would witness an act of God’s grace. For in that room Jesus spoke the words, “This is my body, which is given for you” and “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” As Jesus spoke those words, God’s presence was no longer hidden away in the Temple in the Holy of Holies. For the rest of all time, God would be present in any room, or place, in which the words were spoken and the meal partaken.
Yes, Jesus knew what he wanted that night. The Upper Room was the place where Jesus declared himself to be God’s greatest gift to creation, where through his death on the cross, all humans would find salvation.
As you eat the bread and drink the cup today, let us all give thanks to God for His presence in this room at this very moment.
August 15, 2004