Then returned they to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.…
In the Revised Version "an upper room" is translated "the upper chamber," which permits us to identify the place of the "tarrying of the disciples" with the chamber in which Christ's last words were spoken, and the Lord's Supper was instituted. Show what indications there are that some of the disciples had private dwellings in Jerusalem. John took the mother of our Lord to his own home; Mary, the mother of Mark, had a house to which Peter went; Nicodemus, as a ruler, would have a large house; and if Joseph of Arimathaea had a private garden and tomb outside the city, we may be sure that he had a mansion inside. Recall the suggestions and associations of this "upper chamber." How full it would be of the presence of their Master! How solemn with the recollection of his words, and the sufferings through which he had passed! It was a" holy place." Set out the individuality of the company - the apostles, the women, the disciples; need not think that all the disciples made by our Lord were assembled here. The hundred and twenty names only represented those in Jerusalem, and those from the country who were attending the feast. Fixing attention on the attitude and occupations of this company, we see illustrated -
I. THE UNION OF BELIEVERS. "One accord." The basis of the accordance was their common faith in Christ. It is the only basis of unity for the Church still. One in Christ. Brothers because sons.
II. THE WAITING OF OBEDIENT TRUST. They did not know what was coming. They could not have explained their Lord's promise. They did not understand or know, but they could trust, and show the trust by simple obedience.
III. THE OCCUPATION OF WAITING BELIEVERS. They "continue in prayer." Prayer, which is "the Christian's vital breath," is the Church's "atmosphere." And they who are sincerely waiting for God will be found constantly and earnestly waiting on him. For even the fulfillment of his promises God loves" to be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them." - R.T.
Parallel VersesKJV: Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.