• Mark Alan Williams

Jesus’ Journey to the Upper Room

Are you willing to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for sins by regularly taking communion?


Jesus’ Journey to the Upper Room is about the practice of the Lord’s Supper (also called communion or the Eucharist); which began at a Passover meal in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. Jesus gathered His twelve disciples, celebrated the Passover meal, and explained how the bread and the juice represented His body and blood which would be broken and spilled that very weekend.


Jesus instructed, “Do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24) Since then, Christians have been doing just that—celebrating communion regularly to remember Him. Nowadays, what began with Jesus and the Twelve, is practiced regularly by billions of Christians around the world!


This article is coauthored by Mark Alan Williams and Beth Harris. Beth is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer writer and editor for markalanwilliams.net. 


Jesus’ Journey to the Upper Room teaches us about taking Communion and includes two videos from the Upper Room location in Jerusalem

Recently, due to the COVID-19 Crisis, our family celebrated communion in our kitchen. We would rather have done it in our church, but with the current quarantining, we did the next best thing. It was still very meaningful.


Do you remember your first communion? Was it powerful? Was it contemplative? Was it strange? Did you really understand it?


As a child growing up in church, communion was special for me (Mark) because we got a snack in church! Sometimes after church when running around in the building, we would go into the church supply room, find the communion crackers and enjoy another snack. We didn’t really understand it.


Nowadays communion is much more meaningful to me. I appreciate the amazing work Jesus did for us, the incomprehensible sacrifice He made, and the eternal glory gained for all who are saved.


  • The crunch of the matzo bread reminds me of the Scripture, “He was crushed for our iniquities….” (Isaiah 53:5)


  • Drinking the cup reminds me of the Scripture, “He saved us through the washing of rebirth…” (Titus 3:5). Salvation is an internal cleansing from sin by the blood of Jesus.


Mark 14:10-31 tells us about that first communion and in the Discipleship Journeys with Jesus study of Jesus’ Journey to the Upper Room, we read, reflect on and interact with that passage and the events recorded there. We commit to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for sins by regularly taking communion.



CONCLUSION:


Jesus’ final Great Commission was to “make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19) I invite you to study the free Discipleship Journeys with Jesus materials and make disciples, as Jesus commanded. They’re completely free and easy to access on the internet. Just go to djjministry.org and sign up for the free materials.


Each study is accompanied by two short videos recorded on location in the lands of the Bible, so you can see where the events happened! The photo above is from the videos of Journey 9.


DJJ is a discipleship ministry that helps fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission to “make disciples” by providing free Bible-based lessons and videos which guide people worldwide in becoming followers of Jesus as they interact with Scripture.


Journey 9 of DJJ, tells us about communion and how to practice it. In this Discipleship Journeys with Jesus study of Jesus’ Journey to the Upper Room, we read, reflect on and interact with that passage and the events recorded there. We commit to regularly take communion.


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