Maundy Thursday

April 5, 2007 at 12:58 pm 1 comment

I wrote a piece almost 40 days ago on Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of the season of Lent.  Lent ends in celebration, two days from now on Easter Sunday. 

Tomorrow is Good Friday, which is a well known observance but a lesser known day  is observed the Thursday before Good Friday and is called Maundy Thursday.  Today is Maundy Thursday.

Maundy Thursday is also known as Holy Thursday and looks back at the day Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples, an event referred to today as The Last Supper.

Most Christian churches take the Last Supper as the impetus for a regular observance of Holy Communion, often referred to as the Lord’s Supper.  Jesus told us to celebrate communion, until He returns.  Maundy Thursday is a reminder not only of the first supper but the honor we have to keep on remembering until He comes again.

At that first Last Supper Jesus did something that most of us who follow Him seldom, if ever do, He washed His disciples feet.  The next day, Jesus was going to the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of all human beings for all time and yet it was in His heart to stoop and wash the feet of His followers, even the feet of the one who would betray Him.   Amazing!

On this Maundy Thursday I am remembering that humble gesture and a renewal of commitment to follow not only His call to communion but His call to a life of humble service.

The word Maundy comes from the Latin word for “command” and the maundy in Maundy Thursday refers to the command of Jesus to His disciples at the Last Supper to love and serve each other.  A command that has not been rescinded or changed.

Maundy Thursday is not commanded of us, but neither is it forbidden.  It seems to me that anything we can do to draw our attention to the joy and privilege we have to remember what He did for us and the importance of never forgetting the call to humbly serve each other and our neighbors makes Maundy Thursday a worthwhile observance for all who call themselves Christ-ones.

Why not take a moment to thank the Father for the tradition of communion and take another moment to “wash the feet” of someone who would be blessed by your humble ministry to them.

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Entry filed under: Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Jesus, Thoughts.

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  • 1. Brooks  |  April 5, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    My wife and I celebrated Passover Monday evening at some friends house in obedience to the commandment to do so and I want to tell you that observing the “Lords feasts” not the “Jewish feasts” are very rich and meaningful.

    Leviticus 23:2 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be aholy convocations, these are My feasts.

    Tonight we, along with another couple, watched the “Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson. This is a tradition we started the year this film was released. We thought it a good idea to watch this film in this season each year; to relive His Passion; to recommit ourselves to Him; to get a fresh perspective of the cross once again.

    I recommend this to everyone as a tool to draw closer to Jesus.

    The wrath of God is a very ugly and brutal thing. Our sin….yours and mine, is a very ugly and brutal thing. May we again contemplate what our sin did to our Innocent Saviour, and what it does to those around us.

    “Father give us a holy hatred for what you hate, and instill in us the fear of God” Amen

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