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Maundy Thursday
April 9, 2020, 8:00 PM

Thursday of Holy Week is known as Maundy Thursday.  The term for this day is derived from the Latin word meaning, "commandment". During the celebration of the passover meal, which would be the last time all the disciples would be together with Jesus before He was crucified, the Gospel of John records that Jesus told His disciples in that He was giving them a new commandment.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." - John 13:34-35

The commandment to love one another wasn't new in the sense that God had changed His mind or that loving one another was somehow "new". What Jesus meant was the way His disciples should love and show that love would be new from then on. There would be a new understanding of what true love looked like and how it would be displayed.  

Jesus washed the disciples feet. There are many aspects of this that are amazing, but two stand out in my mind above the rest. First, the King of kings and Lord of lords would wash their feet. In the disciple's minds, this was the lowliest act Jesus could have performed for them. Jesus would take this symbolic act even further by humbling Himself on the cross the following day. Second, Jesus washed all of the disciple's feet - even Judas! Jesus knew full well what Judas was doing behind the scenes and it wouldn't be long before Judas' betrayal would be known by all.

Jesus didn't merely speak about a new commandment,  He demonstrated it.  This is the Savior we love, this is the kind of King we have in Christ! Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13. Jesus did just that - He laid down His life for those who were enemies of God in sin and trespasses (James 4:4) so they would become friends of God.


As we prepare our hearts for Good Friday, let us pursue love. Let us pursue love the way Christ did for us - by humbling ourselves and loving one another.  God loves us unconditionally and eternally.  My prayer is that we will help people glimpse heaven because the love of Christ is in our hearts and is seen in our actions of humility and kindness.

Jesus' act of self sacrifice on the cross made salvation possible for all. Thank you Jesus for your gift! Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice! Thank you Jesus for all you have done!



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