Glorious Maundy Thursday!
Preparation for the Resurrection
Glorious Maunday Thursday is part of Holy Week is a special time of reflection on who Christ is, what He has done, what He went through for us and what He continues to do for us. Before it’s Good Friday, the day of the resurrection of our Lord, we must take some time to focus on the day before that. We must look at all that Jesus was teaching us the day before He died.
Dig Deeper with me today as we discover the truth and wisdom that Jesus imparted upon us on that day over two thousand years ago on this Glorious Maunday Thursday.
Let’s Go Straight to the Text for This Glorious Maunday Thursday!
John 13: 1-17
13 It was just before the Passover Festival. 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.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 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.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 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. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.
14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Now let’s stop here and go ahead a few verses to 34-35…
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
What Do We See Here on Glorious Maunday Thursday?
On this Glorious Maunday Thursday, Jesus left us that day a powerful new commandment. It obviously was so important that Jesus Himself had to lay it out for His disciples before he was killed. In the Scripture above, we see and feel God’s love overflowing onto us. So much so that the love He blesses us with, needs to be poured out over every one around us.
He wanted us to become less about ourselves and more about others. He wants us to get down on our knees and wash others feet. What things can we do in our own daily lives that are not in our job description that would benefit others? Or what tasks could we do that would bless someone that is not expected of us? Or doing something nice that we normally wouldn’t do?
Maybe the world doesn’t expect these things from us, because it’s not laid out in our titles or positions in life, but God sure does. He wants us to mimic the actions of Jesus and live a selfless life, focused on spreading His love to others.
Now, who instantly pops into your mind when you think about a person who lives selflessly? Maybe it’s your co-worker who goes above and beyond in their work. Or perhaps a family member who is always reaching out to you. Or even a good friend who goes the extra mile to be there for you. What can those kind of people teach us?
Take a moment:
On this Glorious Maunday Thursday I want you to pause and think about areas of your life that you could be hypothetically “washing other people’s feet”. Now after you’ve done that. I suggest writing down the names of the people who have been there selflessly for you and I would recommend that you selflessly reach out to them today and thank them.
What a beautiful lesson to learn today from Jesus. Did you know that Maundy means “commandment” in Latin? It is quite fitting. Therefore, today marks the celebration of this lesson in our lives. But if also marks the celebration of the Lord’s Supper or the Last Supper. Let us look at this further…
17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”
23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
26 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.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[b] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Putting Scripture into Action on This Glorious Maunday Thursday
Today we still celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We may do it at church or with a group of friends. Right now it is difficult to gather together as a community and partake in the Lord’s Supper in honor of this holy day, but that shouldn’t stop us. Holy Week doesn’t just pause because we are in quarantine.
I recommend that today you get all those quarantining with you or even just yourself and reread the verse above out loud and take what elements of the Lord’s Supper you can find. Maybe a cracker and a juice box laying around?
Spend some time with your family or yourself in conversation:
- Talk or think about what Christ has done for us.
- Talk or think about what Christ meant by his new commandment we talked about above.
- Talk or think about how you can be more selfless in your daily life.
- Talk or think about a way you can make someone’s day this week in quarantine?
Now spend the next few minutes in prayer and thanking God for all that He is and all that He is doing in your life.
Sam (The Coffee and Bread Team)
Family Activity for a Glorious Maunday Thursday!
Bring these verses to life by baking your own bread with your kiddos today. Then use if for communion.
Also, wash each other’s feet! What better way to teach your kids about selflessness than by spending time washing each other’s feet.
Share below your own experience and what you did to celebrate today 👇🏼