Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

He Bore the Cross

Red-letter Bible page focused on the words, "It is finished."Today is Maundy Thursday. I confess, I never heard the word until a few years ago, but I’ve learned about its background. I thought it had something to do with sadness or despair because of the events of this week, but Maundy is from the Latin word where we also get mandate. It stems from Christ’s washing of His disciples feet. Then He gives them “a new commandment” (that’s where the Maundy/mandate comes in) to love one another. 

It used to be commemorated by the King of England washing the feet of common people. Wow! That is so cool!

And it’s celebrated on Thursday, because that is the traditional day when Christ had the Last Supper with His disciples. I don’t actually hold to that traditional calendar as I think our Lord was in the grave for a full three days, but this year Maundy Thursday has become part of our family’s Holy Week.

The youth choir at our church is presenting a special program tonight. It details the sacrifice of Jesus, proving His great love for us. This follows another special program last weekend where the adult choir presented the story in a different ways, with film clips from movies displaying Christ’s life and death. This Holy Week is so important to the lives of believers.

Without His death and resurrection, we have no salvation: no ransom, no atonement, no payment for our sin. His teaching and healing during His ministry were secondary purposes. He came to die because someone had to or we could never be redeemed.

This week focuses on that death, our death, that He died. Our debt that He paid with His life. May we never let His sacrifice become religious, routine, or uninspiring.

And may we never forget that death, that horrible fiend that strikes terror in the lives of the world, is not our opponent. Christ already broke his power, rising from the grave. And we have within us that same power, thanks to Christ’s sacrifice and God’s Spirit.

Your Turn: How do you celebrate Holy Week?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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