It is the night before the passion begins.
It is a time to reflect and think of why you need a Savior to come rescue you from your sin.
It is the night of the last supper and washing of the disciples’ feet which maundy literally means. It comes from the old French word mandé which is from the Latin mandatum meaning commandment. Jesus told His disciples that He was giving them a new commandment. (John 13.34)
Today is a day to reflect and prepare your heart for all that this week represents.
It began this past Sunday with the recollection of the triumphal entry and ends this Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
The crowds were mistaken as they thought the time had come that Jesus would over throw those in authority and become a king.
They didn’t truly understand what kind of king He would become. A much better one than any could be here on earth.
His desire is for us to follow His lead and example to lovingly serve just as He did as He washed the disciples’ feet.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 NIV
Perhaps you are busy with preparations for Easter. In Jerusalem, those many years ago they, too, were busy preparing for the Passover (read Saturday’s entry to learn more about this festival).
Let us not be too busy that we miss having a daily relationship with the Lamb who was slain.
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Revelation 5:12 NIV
Call out to Him.
This will show all how you are to…
when you love others as He first loved you and laid down His life to offer His free gift of salvation through grace and forgiveness.
By the way, many churches around the world today offer alms to the poor or senior citizens are given ‘maundy’ money. Some interpret the day as ”mouring’ Thursday thinking of the crucifixion to come on Good Friday. Others celebrate Green Thursday and eat meals of only vegetables.
In some countries, it is a day eggs are colored and the house prepared for the celebrations to come. And in still others, the custom of visiting 7 or 14 churches takes place on this day. Each church would have 1 or 2 stations of the cross.
If this is all new to you and you never stopped to consider all the significance of each day in Holy Week, take some time to contemplate the love unrestrained our Savior gave the day He died for our sins and what each day is in remembrance of.
Here’s a quick guide to this week also referred to as Greater Week:
Palm Sunday/also known as Passion Sunday is the day to commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
The days between Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday are simply known as Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, and Holy Wednesday.
On Monday, it is believed the cursing of the fig tree (Matthew 21.18-22, Mark 11.20-26), the questioning of Jesus’ authority (Matthew 21.23-27), and the cleansing of the temple happened on this day. Also, re-enactments of Jesus’ anointing in Bethany happens on this day or Wednesday (John 12.12-19).
Tuesday we are to remember the story of the ten virgins (Matthew 25.1-13). We need to be vigilant and prepare to be the bride of Christ. Some believe the bridal chamber is used as a symbol of Christ’s tomb and a foreshadowing of the judgement day. Again, I say be prepared. On Holy Tuesday some observe Jesus’ prediction of His own death as in John 12.20-36 and 13.21-38.
Then there is Spy Wednesday, when Judas arranged Jesus’ betrayal with the high priests.
Maundy Thursday we already addressed, but on this day, Jesus predicted all that would happen after His betrayal including Peter’s denial, His own death, and of course the resurrection to come.
Good Friday commemorates Christ’s cruxifixction and His death to follow. Some call this day ‘God’s’ Friday.
Holy Saturday is better known as ‘Black’ Saturday and is in remembrance of when Jesus died, was in the tomb, and descended to hell.
That brings us to the glorious day we call Resurrection Sunday which ushers in the fifty days of Eastertide and is the main reason we have church services on Sunday.
So, now you are in the know.
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