Posts Tagged ‘Maundy Thursday’

Maundy Thursday

April 5, 2012

Foot washing.

Initiation of the Lord’s Supper.

The Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.

And more.

Maundy Thursday is a big event in Christianity.  The three items that I have mentioned above are indicative of the importance of this day in church history.

When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, he demonstrated for us the attitude that we should have in our lives.  We are called to serve, not to be served.

In the Lord’s Supper, we are reminded again and again, that it is not by works that we have done, but by the sacrifice of the one and only Son of God, that our sins are forgiven.

In the prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, we are shown that we too, are to submit to the will of the Father.  It is not, our will, but His, that should be done.

Each of these lessons are powerful by themselves, they are combined in the message of Maundy Thursday.

 

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Holy Week and Easter

April 21, 2011

Today is Maundy Thursday, tomorrow Good Friday, and then Sunday is Easter morning.  In some liturgical churches, there are services on Thursday and Friday.  The church that I now pastor celebrates Palm Sunday and then Easter.

I suppose you could say that we hit the highlights.

I sometimes suspect that we might be missing out on some important lessons.  Jesus washing the feet of the disciples powerfully displays an attitude of humble service.  His submission to the shame, beatings and the crucifixion demonstrate obedience and sacrifice.

The celebration of victory and the new life that we have in Christ is great, but, humble service and obedient sacrifice are concepts that should be regularly reinforced to the people of God.