Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday. As you feel led, visit this passage regarding the Last Supper, and meditate upon it.

I can never read this passage without thinking about how often I have disappointed Christ. And no matter how much I deny it, no matter how much I wish I were perfect, I am not. I will wretchedly and miserably betray Him again.

And yet He forgives.

I am nothing without Him.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.

 

Matthew 26:17-30 (KJV)

17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.

19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.

20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.

21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?

23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.

24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

17 Responses to Maundy Thursday

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    Darlene L Turner April 18, 2019 at 5:11 am #

    I feel like you do so often–that I’ve failed God, and how He must be disappointed in me. However, you’re right….He’s not! He loves us unconditionally. Thanks for putting our focus on Him this Maundy Thursday. Happy Easter, Tamela. xo

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    Sharon K Connell April 18, 2019 at 6:12 am #

    I don’t THINK I’ve disappointed my Lord at times, and often. I KNOW I have, just as children disappoint their parents on occasion. But thank God we have that unconditional love that will not let us go.

    As I’ve gotten closer to my Lord and grown to love Him more, I’ve had a hard time calling this Thursday and Friday a ‘celebration,’ except in the sense of the salvation that it resulted in for me and anyone who accepts Jesus Christ’s free gift of salvation through His Blood on Calvary. The excruciating pain He went through, both in the garden and on the cross, breaks my heart. Therefore, I cannot call it a celebration. I’d rather think of it as a memorial to His Love and Sacrifice on my behalf.

    Thank you for that passage of Scripture, Tamela.

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    Lynn Safarik April 18, 2019 at 6:23 am #

    Thank you! It was nice to read this as I checked my email for responses from agents! HIs mercy and grace refresh my spirit; His immeasurable love restores my soul.

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    Rev David C Friend April 18, 2019 at 7:25 am #

    Today brought Jesus one day closer to the three words He spoke to complete His work on earth. “It is finished.”

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    Deborah J Thomas April 18, 2019 at 7:33 am #

    Beautiful, thank you for your tasteful and lovely post about Maundy Thursday.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser April 18, 2019 at 7:34 am #

    I wonder if Palm Sunday
    was the Day of the High-Five?
    Could He forget what must be
    and be glad to be alive?
    And then, a few days later,
    when He set time and place
    to break bread with the traitor,
    was He hard-put to find grace?
    We see that as a holy time
    but it held the cruelest stroke,
    a friend commits the final crime,
    chained to a fate bespoke.
    Judas had to play his part,
    for Jesus and His breaking Heart.

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    Melissa Henderson April 18, 2019 at 8:14 am #

    My heart breaks knowing I have disappointed Him. I am thankful and blessed to know He loves me even at my worst times. I love Him so much.

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    Patti Jo Moore April 18, 2019 at 8:38 am #

    Thank you for sharing this, Tamela.

    Oh, I know I’ve disappointed Him too—yet He continues to be SO loving and patient with me! He’s such a good, good Father.

    You wrote: I am nothing without Him. ~ Just a few days ago I made that same comment to a friend—so true.

    May you and your family have a very blessed Easter, as we celebrate our Risen Savior.

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    Angela Silverthorne April 18, 2019 at 9:03 am #

    A re-centering remembrance of Jesus’ great love for us. Thank you!

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    Jason Porterfield April 18, 2019 at 10:04 am #

    Thanks Tamela for centering our thoughts on the sacredness of this day. One of my favorite songs, that I often find myself singing as a prayer, is O Lamb of God by my friend Tom Wuest. Thought you might enjoy listening to it … assuming hyperlinks are permitted in comments:

    https://tomwuest.bandcamp.com/track/lamb-of-god

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      Tamela Hancock Murray April 25, 2019 at 11:41 am #

      I am so sorry for my delayed response. I was just now able to listen to the song. It’s lovely! We sing it at church. Thank you for sharing!

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    KT sweet April 18, 2019 at 10:20 am #

    Tamela, a great reminder of my capacity to betray. When I was younger, I imagined if I’d been a disciple, I would have recognized Jesus and not betrayed him. Oh, boy, what humility (not)!

    Your post helped me see my current, unanticipated responsibility for my disabled vet older brother has been my Lenten discipline. Serving him has taken more understanding, patience, and strength than I have. Jesus’ example of sacrificial service reminds me to bend, not break, as I lean on Him.

    Blessed Holy Week to you!
    Karen

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    joy April 18, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

    Tamela, thank you so much for this post. As you suggested, it is hard to read and process. VERY hard. The magnitude of this event in our Lord’s history is overwhelming. It is incredibly valuable to know that we can talk to our Lord and listen, grow, learn, rest, receive strength, etc. in our relationship with Him.

    In His authority,
    Joy

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    Norma Brumbaugh April 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

    A decade ago I attended my first Maundy Thursday service. It moved me to tears. Most of my Easter church experiences prior to that Maundy Thursday service were focused on the resurrection, with little or no attention to Holy Week. Later on, I participated in the Stations of the Cross. The reverential celebration of the culmination of Christ’s earthly journey impacted me. Now I look forward to the yearly remembrance. Thank you, Tamela.

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    Marlene W Anderson April 18, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

    Thank you Tamela, It is so true – we do disappoint and betray Him many times. Recognizing that and His willingness to forgive is so important. We believe but don’t always acknowledge our own complicity in not standing up for the Christ we believe in. What an awesome God we have that He would send His Son to die for us. Marlene

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    Ginny Graham April 18, 2019 at 5:26 pm #

    Praise God.

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    Loretta Eidson April 19, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

    I strive to be like Christ, but I fail miserably. I’m so thankful for His mercy and forgiveness. I’m forever grateful and humbled for salvation given to us by His shed blood. Thank you, Tamela!

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