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Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, marks a significant event in the Christian calendar, falling on the Thursday before Easter Sunday. This day commemorates the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion. The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word “mandatum,” meaning commandment, referring to Jesus’ commandment to love one another as He loved them.

1. The Last Supper – A Symbol of Sacrifice

The Last Supper was a poignant moment where Jesus gathered with his disciples for a final meal. During this meal, Jesus broke bread and shared wine, symbolizing his body and blood, which would be sacrificed for the redemption of humanity.
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body.’ Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.'” – Matthew 26:26-28

2. The Washing of the Feet – An Act of Humility and Service

Another significant event during the Last Supper was Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. This act was a powerful demonstration of humility, service, and love.
“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” – John 13:3-5

3. The New Commandment – Love One Another

During the Last Supper, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment, emphasizing the importance of love and unity among believers.
Biblical Passage: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35

Conclusion:

Maundy Thursday serves as a solemn reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice, humility, and the importance of love and service. As we reflect on the Last Supper and Jesus’ teachings, let us strive to embody these values in our daily lives, loving one another as Christ loved us and serving others with humility and compassion. Amen.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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