Scripture Reading: John 13:34
“A new commandment I give unto you: that you love one another.”
Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:17-25
Maundy Thursday [pronounced môn'dE]. Maundy Thursday [Latin mandatum], is the traditional English name for Thursday of Holy Week, so named because of the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus at the Last Supper (that is, the mandatum novum or “new commandment”).
Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday is the day before Jesus’ crucifixion. On this day Jesus had His Last Supper with His disciples before His death. This day, Jesus took a normal "Passover meal" and changed it forever.
Be careful to refer to this as "The Last Supper." However, what Christians celebrate is called "The Lord's Supper."
Jesus did several things on Maundy Thursday according to Matthew 26:17-75.
- He washed the disciples feet. This symbolizes Jesus’ humility and His servanthood.
- He instituted the Lord’s Supper. Holy Communion is a reminder that just as physical food and drink nourish our physical bodies, Jesus’ death and resurrection give eternal life to our spirit.
- Jesus was betrayed by Judas for thirty pieces of silver (the going rate for a slave at that time).
- Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane late on Maundy Thursday.
- Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane on Maundy Thursday. Notice Jesus’ place of prayer was also His place of captivity.
Reflect on the things Jesus did on Maundy Thursday.
You are invited to read Lenten lesson for Good Friday on Day 45.