Today is my birthday! Yeah!!! So, a shorty post today so I can be blessed by the fam.
It’s also Maundy Thursday in this Holy Week. Jesus and his disciples are still at that table, but he has a towel, water and humility. He washes their nasty feet. If you’ve never done this with a group of folks, you should. It is a learning experience. Then they partake (I like that word) of the Lord’s Supper. They remember what is going to happen. That must’ve been weird for those disciples. We don’t know how good we have it….all this history and stuff we can look back on and learn from.
Maundy comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means commandment. Jesus commands that we live out loving and humble service. Jesus commands that we remember his sacrifice. He commands by living it out.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, 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 13:12-17
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:26-28
O, Loving God, help us to live out your love. We don’t know how. We like to celebrate ourselves. Help us remember your sacrifice. Amen.