Daily Devotion on Maundy Thursday
Text: Matthew 26
A lot happened on Thursday of Holy Week. The best overview of the day might be Matthew 26, though John 13-18 has great details of the conversation between Jesus and his disciples that night.
The day includes Jesus and his disciples in the Upper Room, Jesus being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the beginning of Jesus’ trials.
For centuries this day has been called Maundy Thursday. Maundy comes from a latin word, mandatum, which means mandate. It comes from the mandate, or command, Jesus gave in the Upper Room about the new Supper he instituted: “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Why do this? Why follow this mandate on Mandate/Maundy Thursday?
This new meal is more than just a sign or a symbol of Jesus’ body and blood, his suffering and death. Much more. Jesus said, “Take and eat . . . this is my body . . . Take and drink . . . this is my blood.” In clear and plain words Jesus tells us that whenever we partake of his Supper in this way that we miraculously receive with the bread and wine his true body and blood.
How does this happen? We don’t know. He’s God. But miraculously he gives us the very body and blood which were given and shed for us for the forgiveness of sins.
We remember today a mandate or command given by the Lord. But it is more a gift of grace and a privilege to be able to partake in it. What a joy to commune with our Savior! What a joy to express unity in faith and belief when we commune with one another!
What a joy to follow our Savior as he steps nearer to the cross of our salvation on this Maundy Thursday!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us faith to believe that you give us your true body and blood with bread and wine for our forgiveness, and give us faith to receive it with trust and with thanks. With this special meal you strengthen and nourish my faith in your work of salvation. Preserve and keep me in this saving faith until I join in the wedding feast of eternity in heaven. Amen.
Posted on April 5, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged Church, Communion, Daily Devotions, Holy Week, Jesus, Lord's Supper, Matthew, Matthew 26, Maundy Thursday, Real Presence, Representation, School. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.