Reflections on Holy Week

Matthew 26:26-30 (AMP)

26 Now as they were eating Jesus took bread, and after blessing it, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the [new and better] covenant, which [ratifies the agreement and] is being poured out for many [as a substitutionary atonement] for the forgiveness of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” 30 After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

The word Maundy, from the Latin word for “command,” is in reference to Jesus’ words, “I have given you a new commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you. Before the Last Supper, Jesus performed the humble service of washing the feet of His disciples. This act was normally the job of the servants in the house, but Jesus was showing his disciples that He was there to serve in love and that we should also serve and love one another. As we remember the Last Supper this Thursday and the Crucifixion on Good Friday, may we be humbly reminded that Jesus loved us so incredibly much that, although we all still sin, He was still willing to serve us and sacrifice Himself to save us. Praise His name!

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