Understanding Holy Week (1)

I hope this is a helpful series of post that will cause you to reflect on the savior whom we celebrate every April.

Maundy Thursday:

This day commemorates the Passover meal that Christ shared with His disciples. At this meal Jesus reflects on the coming days as he loves, serves and enjoys the men that who have walked with Him over the past few years. This would be the last moment of peace in the midst of the growing tension surrounding Jesus

 Luke 22:14-15

And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

As he reclined at the table with the Disciples, Jesus teaches them the meaning of this and future Passover meals.  When Jesus presents the wine and the bread, He describes the suffering the Son of man is to endure.

This rest with His disciples would be short lived as the man who would betray Jesus sat at the same table.

 Luke 22:21-23

But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.

Jesus would conclude the meal by leading the disciples to the Mount of Olives to pray. Here Jesus poured out His heart and soul to the Father; crying out in His heartache over what was to happen next.

Jesus would soon be betrayed in the garden and dragged to the dwelling of the High Priest. As Jesus was being accused and mocked Peter stood by watching it all unfold. The night ends with Peter denying Jesus three times before an interested crowd, fulfilling what Jesus had said to him at supper.

Luke 22:61

And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.”

Why do we Observe this Day?

The purpose of setting aside Maundy Thursday is to begin reflecting on the suffering that the savior endured over the next few days. Just as Jesus looked forward at the last supper and during His evening of prayer, so Christians can use Maundy Thursday to look forward and remember what Jesus was going to be experiencing for us.

I pray that we can all use this Maundy Thursday  to help us reflect on the suffering Savior.

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