The upper room is a significant place in Christian history, as it is where Jesus Christ had his last supper with his disciples before being crucified. It is also where the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples, empowering them to spread the gospel after Jesus ascended to Heaven. Many people wonder how many of Jesus’ disciples were in the upper room during these important events.
There were actually twelve original disciples, but Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus and took his own life before the events of the upper room took place. This left only eleven disciples remaining.
In Acts 1:13-14, it states that “When they arrived [in the upper room], they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.” This passage clearly lists out eleven apostles who were present in the upper room at that time.
Although there were only eleven apostles present at that time, there were more than just the eleven original disciples gathered in the upper room. In Acts 1:15-26, it tells us that there were around 120 believers gathered together in one place after Jesus ascended to Heaven. This group included not only the remaining eleven apostles but also women and other followers who had witnessed Jesus’ ministry on Earth.
The significance of this gathering in the upper room cannot be overstated as it was a pivotal moment in Christian history. The Holy Spirit descended upon them like tongues of fire and enabled them to speak in different languages so that they could share their message with people from all over.
In conclusion, although there were originally twelve disciples who followed Jesus during his ministry on Earth, only eleven remained by the time of his death and resurrection. These eleven apostles along with other followers gathered together in the upper room where the Holy Spirit descended upon them, empowering them to spread the gospel. This gathering included not only male apostles but also women and other followers, totaling around 120 people.