Today is Maundy Thursday. In Christianity this week is called Holy Week, because Christ entered Jerusalem to the adoration of the Jews who thought He was coming as the King of Israel who would free them from the oppression of the Roman Empire. Instead, He was arrested, crucified, buried, and arose from the grave.
This day before “Good Friday,” when we remember Christ’s death on the cross and the shedding of His blood to cover our sins is equally sacred for the Christian. That was when Jesus taught one of His final lessons to the 12 disciples in the “Upper Room.” The word Maundy comes from the Latin word “mandatum” meaning a new commandment, taken from the scripture phrase “a new commandment I give you….”
His mandate was for them to love one another as He loved them. He told them that in the world, kings and great men order their servants around, but Jesus said that as His disciples, we should be servants of all. He illustrated this as He washed their feet. This night is also when He told them He would sacrifice His life. He took bread and said “this bread is my body broken for you.” He took the cup of wine and said, “this cup is my blood poured out for the remission of sins.”
That night they really didn’t understand His words, but they soon would see Him crucified.
Maundy Thursday is a service of remembering Jesus’ mandate to LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS HE LOVES US, AND TO BE A SERVANT OF ALL.
Oh that we all would love one another so deeply, and have a servants heart. That we would see everyone as God sees them. What a difference that would make in our world.
My Mother, Rev. Gladys Johnson wrote a chorus about being a servant. We sang this in the late 50’s!
I am a servant of my Lord Jesus.
To do my own will is not for me to say,
but just to follow in paths He leads me,
and let my Lord have His own way.
Have a blessed weekend with family and friends, and remember…when we serve others, we are serving Him!
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