Holy Week – Day 6

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Yesterday was called ‘Spy Wednesday’ because the religious leaders plotted to kill Jesus, and Judas’ being was taken over by the devil and agreed to betray Jesus. Today (Thursday) is a very, very special day in the last week of Jesus’ life – Maundy Thursday.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the tradition of this special day, here’s a very brief description of the events that occurred.

1.  Nothing is really known about the activities of the bulk of the day, other than Jesus telling two of His disciples (Peter and John) to go into town and prepare the room that had providentially been chosen by the Lord for them to celebrate the Passover.  And of course, everything was exactly as Jesus had told them (Matthew 26:17-18, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:7-13).

2.  That evening (6:00PM) Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples (Matthew 26:2, Mark 14:17, Luke 22:14, John 13:2)

3.  Jesus washed the feet of the disciples to illustrate to them that as Christians and as leaders they were called to serve others.  Jesus came to serve, not to be served – although He deserves to be served (John 13:3-17)

4.  Jesus announced at dinner that one of those present would betray Him (Matthew 26:21-25, Mark 14:18-21, Luke 22:21-23, John 13:21-30)

5.  Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, explaining to them that they were to do this as often as possible in order to ‘remember’ what Christ has done for them, but also as a means of grace in which they will know spiritually that the Lord is always with them/us (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:17-20).

6.  Jesus predicted that the disciples would scatter and that Peter would deny the Lord.  Some say that this happened during dinner, others say that it occurred on the way to Gethsemane – Matthew 26:32-35, Mark 14:27-31, Luke 22:31-34, John 13:38).

7. After dinner Jesus told His disciples to ‘love one another’, which is where the ‘Maundy’ (Latin for ‘command’ for the ‘New Commandment I give to you’) comes from (John 13:33-35).

8.  They sang a hymn and then left for the Garden (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26)

9.  The Gospel of John does not speak directly about the Lord’s Supper, probably because John already knew that the other three Gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke – called the Synoptic Gospels) already spoke of it.  Instead, John relays great detail about other teachings Jesus gave to the eleven (Judas had left to betray Jesus) that the other Gospels don’t share.  Some of these talks may have occurred during dinner, and some others may have occurred on the way to Gethsemane.

a.  Jesus comforted His disciples regarding His departure

b.  Jesus reminded them that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and the only means by
which one can get to the Father (John 14:6-10).

c.  Jesus promised the Holy Spirit – John 14:16-21

d.  Jesus told them about the Vine and the Branches – John 15

e.  Jesus spoke to them about love – John 15

f.   Jesus told them that their impending grief would turn to joy – John 16

g.  Jesus gave His High Priestly Prayer – as He prayed for His disciples and for all other
Christians (John 17)

10. Peter, James and John dozed off while Jesus prayed in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-45, Mark 14:32-41, Luke 22:39-46, John 18:1).

11.  Judas betrayed Jesus, and Jesus was arrested (Matthew 26:46-56 Mark 14:43-52, Luke 22:47-54, John 18:2-14)

12.  Jesus went before the high priest Caiaphas and was falsely accused and beaten (Matthew 26:57-67, Mark 53-65, Luke Luke 22:54, John 18:13-14).

13.  Peter denied the Lord three times before the rooster crowed (Matthew 26:69-75, Luke 22:55-62, Mark 14:66-72, John 18:15-27).

End of the day…..and what a day!