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Glorious Maundy Thursday!

Glorious Maundy Thursday

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.

The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 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.”

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“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…

Matthew 26:17-30

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:

  1. Talk or think about what Christ has done for us.
  2. Talk or think about what Christ meant by his new commandment we talked about above.
  3. Talk or think about how you can be more selfless in your daily life.
  4. 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.

Blessings,

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 👇🏼

 

 

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Palm Sunday in Holy Week: The Entrance to the Resurrection

Palm Sunday in Holy Week

Palm Sunday in Holy Week: The Entrance to the Resurrection

Holy Week in Quarantine:

Today marks the beginning of Holy Week, which goes from Palm Sunday to Easter, a time for us to reflect and rejoice in all that Jesus did for us. So as we begin to commemorate this special week, let us take some time to fully dig into God’s Word and let us celebrate each day of Holy Week together.

Palm Sunday in Holy Week: The Entrance to the Resurrection

Let’s start off by diving into our Scripture for the day:

Matthew 21

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,

    ‘See, your king comes to you,

gentle and riding on a donkey,

    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Envisioning the Story:

What a powerful event that must have been!

Take a second to really see and imagine what was going on here:

Picture the rejoicing, singing, shouting and dancing.

The amazement that was in everyone’s eyes as they saw the Hosanna.

The tears that must have been flowing down their faces as they saw their king.

Imagine the streets with the sounds of roaring praises, covered with the crowd’s cloaks and with beautiful green palm branches spread out.

It must have been quite a sight to see.

Palm Sunday in Holy Week: The Entrance to the Resurrection

The Palm in Palm Sunday:

So here we have this breathtaking scene of Jesus entering into Jerusalem. He was fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, which states

“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!

    Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you,

    righteous and victorious,

lowly and riding on a donkey,

    on a colt, the foal of a donkey”.

So now as Jesus enters Jerusalem, we mark the beginning of Holy Week. We need to  prepare our hearts as we walk with Jesus day by day this week until His resurrection on Sunday.

So what can we do today to prepare our hearts?

Well…just as all those people rejoiced when they saw Jesus, let us do the same today!

But how did they rejoice? Well one of the ways they rejoiced was by laying palm branches down before him.

You might be thinking, how can I do that here at home?

Well, hang tight and let’s look into the symbolism behind the palm branch and just how important it was to be used as Jesus rode into Jerusalem.

The Mighty Palm Branch:

Now do me a favor and take a second and picture a palm tree.

What characteristics does it have?

Well it’s tall…

Quite sturdy…

Strong…

It is a remarkable tree that is exceptionally beautiful, especially the way it sways in the wind and how bright green it’s branches are.

The palm tree didn’t just have amazing qualities but it also was a symbol to the people of that day. It was a symbol of victory.

Palm Trees in the Word:

In multiple verses, we see the importance of the palm tree. In Psalm 92:12-15, the text states that “12 the righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

In Leviticus, palm branches were used for the Feast of the Tabernacles (where the Israelites celebrated all that God had done for them). In Leviticus 23:29, it says that “on the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees—and rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.”

From the text and our own understanding of the palm tree, it is no wonder the palm branches were laid before Jesus as he entered Jerusalem.

Application:

I want you to take a moment to write down a list of things you absolutely love about Jesus. You can even draw your own palm branches on a piece of paper and on each branch write a characteristic of God. Then put them somewhere in your home where you can see them all week.

For those with kiddos like me, you can color your palm branches and use this activity to spend time thinking as a family about all the things you love about God (see my picture below for what we did). Use this activity as a symbol of our own palm branches that we can lay before Jesus as we rejoice in who He is and what He has done for us!

Also, take some time in prayer today, thank God for what He has done and is doing in our lives as we prepare our hearts this week for Jesus’ crucifixion on Friday and for His resurrection on Sunday. ❤️

Blessings,

Sam (Coffee and Bread Team)

My family’s palm branches with words that describe Jesus. We hung them on our coffee cup rack where we could see it everyday. 👇🏼
Palm Sunday Activity