by Pastor Mark Jordan

Today is Maundy Thursday, which comes from the Latin for our word, commandment. Often times these days we refer to today as Holy Thursday. The two ideas work together to remind of us Jesus’ Last Supper.

Jesus gathered with His disciples to celebrate the Passover Feast; a thanksgiving meal, of sorts, telling the story of God’s amazing and saving acts by delivering His chosen people out of slavery in Egypt, through the Exodus, and eventually into the Promised Land. They still celebrated that meal with great expectation for the time the Messiah would arrive and return control of the holy land to God and His chosen people.

When Jesus gathered with His disciples to share what wold be His Last Supper, He alone knew what was about to transpire. He tried preparing His followers for years, but they just didn’t quite comprehend what Jesus’ mission was. Jesus recognized this, which is why He said that they might not fully understand what He was doing, but one day they would (see John 13:7). Still, as He shared the meal, He called on them to remember Him, what He taught them in the past, as well as what He was about to do.

The idea of remembering is powerful. Our brains have a remarkable way of recalling events major and minor in our lives with simple things that call us back to those moments. Sure, we can easily forget where we leave our keys, or search for our glasses while wearing them, but think back to some of those life altering memories. They are seared into your consciousness, and become part of your legacy. These are often the stories shared and reminisced at family gatherings and holiday feasts.

Jesus wanted His disciples to remember what He did and what He was about to do. The same is true for you and me today. He wants you to remember what He’s done, but also be on the lookout for what He is about to do.

As we bring this daily water to a close on Maundy, or Holy Thursday, I want to share the telling of Jesus’ Last Supper from the Book of Luke. As you read, remember what Jesus has done for you, and remember to be on the lookout for what He promises to do.

“When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, ‘I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.’

“Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, ‘Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.’

“He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

“After supper he took another cup of wine and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.” (Luke 22:14-20, NLT)

Prayer: Dear Lord, I hear your command for me to remember…remember what you’ve done for me, and remember to be on the lookout for what you are going to do. I turn my eyes to you, and seek your will in all things. It’s in Jesus’ holy name I pray, amen.

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