holy week thursday

today we celebrate maundy thursday and we remember three events: jesus washing the disciples’ feet, the last supper, and jesus’ arrest.

consider the words from luke 22 which describe jesus’ last meal with his disciples. as you read, imagine yourself sitting with jesus at his last meal.

when it was time, he sat down, all the apostles with him, and said, “you’ve no idea how much i have looked forward to eating this passover meal with you before i enter my time of suffering. it’s the last one i’ll eat until we all eat it together in the kingdom of god.”

taking the cup, he blessed it, then said, “take this and pass it among you. as for me, i’ll not drink wine again until the kingdom of god arrives.”

taking bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “this is my body, given for you. eat it in my memory.”

he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “this cup is the new covenant written in my blood, blood poured out for you.

do you realize that the hand of the one who is betraying me is at this moment on this table? it’s true that the son of man is going down a path already marked out—no surprises there. but for the one who turns him in, turns traitor to the son of man, this is doomsday.”

they immediately became suspicious of each other and began quizzing one another, wondering who might be about to do this.

within minutes they were bickering over who of them would end up the greatest. but jesus intervened: “kings like to throw their weight around and people in authority like to give themselves fancy titles. it’s not going to be that way with you. let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant.

who would you rather be: the one who eats the dinner or the one who serves the dinner? you’d rather eat and be served, right? but i’ve taken my place among you as the one who serves. and you’ve stuck with me through thick and thin. now i confer on you the royal authority my father conferred on me so you can eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and be strengthened as you take up responsibilities among the congregations of god’s people.”

now that you’ve imagined yourself sitting with jesus, what did you notice? what did you feel? what did you see to be true about god from this story? and what did you see to be true about humans from this story? leave a comment – i would love to hear your thoughts!

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