MAUNDY THURSDAY

On the night before Jesus was crucified, He said to His companions, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, you must love one another” (John 13.34).

 

On this night, in a profound act of humility, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. He also instituted the Lord’s Supper, which is commonly called Holy Communion. It was just before the Passover Festival and Jesus knew that the hour had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. While the evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already tempted Judas, 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.
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.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 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.“

In this last supper He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise, the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”   

 

What if we were like Jesus in our every day life? The Messiah washed the feet of twelve men who followed Him for years. WOW! I probably, being a relating individual, would say the same thing Peter said: Lord you are not going to wash my feet, I am not worthy. May we humble ourselves and go with an open heart, love, encouragement, and not waste our God given gifts to win people to Christ.
As they say where I am from (that would be NJ):

“Let’s Do it!”

Kathy Avens/Youth Director

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