Thursday, 01 April 2021
Day 4 – The Last Supper
Scripture: Matthew 26:17–75, Mark 14:12–72, Luke 22:7–71, John 13:1–18:27
The Thursday before Good Friday is also known as Maundy Thursday. The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word “command.” This is the day Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and commanded them to love one another during their last supper together celebrating Passover. It is the day before Jesus’ crucifixion, and when Jesus tells his disciples one of them will betray him.
The night before Jesus was put to death, he chose to spend the evening with his closest friends – even knowing one among them had already decided to betray him, another would deny him, and all would run away from him. Not only did he choose to spend Passover with them, but he also washed their feet.
Not many would choose to do the same on their last night on this earth. We constantly hear people talking about what their last meal would be on earth or what they would do on their last week or day of physical life. While many would eat dinner with those they love, not many would wish to wash their friends or families’ dirty feet. However not one person would wish to wash the feet of those they knew would betray and turn their backs on them in their biggest time of need. But this is exactly what Jesus did to show his disciples how to treat others.
12 When Jesus had washed their feet and put on his outer clothing, he reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are speaking rightly, since that is what I am. 14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you. – John 13:12-15
Think about the events of this day and what they mean for your life as a believer. Specifically, how the command he gave his disciples has shaped your life.
Keep in mind that Jesus knew what tomorrow would bring, even though his disciples didn’t. Every word and every action from Jesus came from his knowledge of the future.
When we grasp that Jesus knew what was ahead when he prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will (Matthew 26:39),” in the garden, Maundy Thursday will never look the same.
Reflection: Have you ever washed someone’s feet? Examine this action in the Bible. Close your eyes and dwell on the how you treat others on your best day. Consider how Jesus knows his closest friends will dessert him, but choosing to wash their feet anyway. Recognize the love and humility as the God of all creation does the work of a slave, washing the disciple’s feet.
Why is this act so meaningful to the disciples? Why does it still carry significance in today’s culture? What else about this Thursday in Jesus’ life stands out to you?
Pray: Jesus, thank you for showing us how to treat others. May we see everyone the way you see them and treat them accordingly. May we be your disciples here on earth. Allow us to be your hands and feet to those around us. Lead us and use us for your purposes. Amen.