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?