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::Devotional:: ‘Maundy Thursday’

April 1, 2010

This is Holy Week.  The week leading up to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Most people are at least aware of Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday, and Good Friday if for no other reason than they are marked on most calendars.  What about Thursday?  Maundy Thursday to be specific.  What is it and why is it important?

Maundy Thursday marks the Passover meal, or Last Supper, Jesus ate with his disciples before he was crucified.  It also marks his humble act of washing the feet of his disciples feet as a servant as well.  The word maundy comes from a Latin word which means command and is used to refer to Jesus’ command to his disciples during this Passover meal.

A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34

What love Jesus displays.  He offers unconditional, forgiving, and self-less love.  He taught his disciples that a true leader is a servant to his followers.  What an incredible example for mankind.

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  John 13:3-5

Maundy Thursday reminds us of the humility and servanthood of our mighty savior and his call for all his disciples, including us, to follow suit and in doing so bring glory to his name.

I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know  these things, you will be blessed if you do them.  John 13:16-17

By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.  John 13:35

This year Maundy Thursday happens to fall on April 1st, but this is no April fools.  You and I are called to action as followers, disciples, of Jesus Christ.  Take note from the Apostle Paul as you go about your day.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:5-11

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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