I had the opportunity to visit the Holy Land in January, with the ladies of the Sisterhood and I learnt something special about the “upper room” or “cenacle” which I need to share, since we will be opening the doors of our Cenacle of the Holy Spirit at Park Station.
This room, so “famous” today, was just a simple room in one of the popular residences of that time. It was there that our Lord Jesus asked His disciples to obtain permission from its owner to use for the Last Supper.
What I had not realised before, in relation to this particular venue, was that it was the same place which bore witness to other memorable events, namely:
▪ The Washing of the Feet
▪ The revelation of the betrayer
▪ The appearances of Jesus after His resurrection
▪ The election of Matthias as an apostle
▪ The beginnings of the first Christian church, since this was where the apostles usually stayed in Jerusalem
Today, that simple room is one of the most important Christian sites in the world and also the inspiration for our Cenacle in Johannesburg.
But, I wondered, what has made it so important? Then I understood that its essence was in the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.
It was in this room that He, knowing of all the suffering that would lie ahead from that hour onward, surrendered Himself to carry out God’s plan of salvation for mankind.
It reminded me a precious lesson: sacrifice is the element that changes the very nature of our existence. We go from total insignificance and separation from God’s plan and purpose to become living testimonies of His power.
Living in full expectation of the pouring of God’s Spirit upon His church and of the privilege of going into our own Cenacle in Park Station, one point is clear, if there is no surrendering of my own will to the Will of God, my life will only resemble a simple room.