Holy Week Devotional - Maundy Thursday

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Reminder, we will be gathering for our Good Friday Tenebrae service tomorrow evening at 6pm in Burriss Hall. In honor of it being Good Friday, we would like to invite those who are able to spend Friday fasting (begin after this dinner this evening). Our goal for this fast is that we as a church family might take the time to remember and reflect on what Jesus did, in real time and space, and to let hunger help remind us of his suffering and sacrifice. We will break fast together tomorrow evening as we observe communion, and share a meal afterwards. We look forward to worshiping with you tomorrow!


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During Holy Week we will be emailing daily devotionals that reflect on what happened each day during Holy Week. We hope and pray the Lord uses these devotionals, and additional resources, to encourage you and grow you in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

These devotionals will be archived on our website, and can accessed here.

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What Happened on Maundy Thursday?

Suggested Readings

Jesus instructs his disciples Peter and John to secure a large upper room in a house in Jerusalem and to prepare for the Passover meal
Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13

In the evening Jesus eats the Passover meal with the Twelve, tells them of the coming betrayal, and institutes the Lord’s Supper
Matthew 26:20-29; Mark 14:17-23; Luke 22:14-30

During supper Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, interacts with them, and delivers the Upper Room Discourse (Farewell Discourse)
John 13-17

Jesus and the disciples sing a hymn together, then depart to the Mount of Olives
Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26; Luke 22:39

Jesus predicts Peter’s denials
Matthew 26:31-35; Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-34

Jesus issues final practical commands about supplies and provisions
Luke 22:35-38

Jesus and the disciples go to Gethsemane, where he struggles in prayer and they struggle to stay awake late into the night
Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:40-46

Devotional

On Thursday of Holy Week Christ shared the Passover supper with His disciples (Matthew 26:20-35), and this moment, where He serves the bread and wine, and washes His disciples feet, paints a beautiful picture of His love. In this moment Jesus commands the disciples (and us) to do this in remembrance of Him, because it symbolically represents the sacrifice and gift of His own body and blood. This is why we, as a church, take part in communion. It serves as a reminder of His suffering for us.

In the midst of the meal Jesus tells the disciples that He “will not eat it (communion) until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God” (Luke  22:16). He will not take it again until He has joined us, His Bride, with Him. Every week at Midlands we partake in communion remembering what Christ has done, while also looking forward to the day we enjoy this meal with Him in Heaven! On that day, we will be people from every nation and tribe partaking in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. This verse shows us hope that Jesus is waiting patiently for his beloved (us!) to join Him for feasting together in the finished, accomplished work of redeeming his lost treasure.

Following the supper Jesus takes the disciples (minus Judas) with Him to the garden to pray, where He asks the Father to take away the “cup” he is about to drink. Psalm 69:20 tells us that Jesus “looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but found none.” But ultimately Christ submits Himself to the Father’s will when He prays “not my will, but Yours, be done.”

As Christians, we are called to gather as a body to celebrate with one another concerning what Christ has accomplished for us. We take communion as weekly reminder of the atoning work that Christ accomplished on our behalf. Our hope is that one day “we will feast in the house of Zion and We will sing with our hearts restored” through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Additionally, having Jesus as our example, we ought to pray for God’s will in our lives no matter how good or bad the circumstance may be. We, in our hour of need, can pray confidently for His will to be done and for His name to be glorified because Jesus, in His lowest hour, confidently prayed for these things.

Reflection

Additional Reading:

  • 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Questions to Consider:

  1. In what mindset do you approach the communion table each week?

  2. How can we find peace with God’s will in the midst of challenging circumstances as Jesus did in the garden?

  3. Looking at the example of Christ, how should we present ourselves to God through prayer in our lowest hours?

Worship Through Song

We Will Feast In The House Of Zion

Chorus
We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things we will say together
We will feast and weep no more

Verse 1
We will not be burned by the fire
He is the Lord our God
We are not consumed by the flood
Upheld protected gathered up

Verse 2
In the dark of night before the dawn
My soul be not afraid
For the promised morning oh how long
Oh God of Jacob be my strength

Verse 3
Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed
You are the faithful one
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together bring shalom


Additional Resources

Video: Holy Week - Maundy Thursday

Filmed in conjunction with the book The Final Days of Jesus, this video features short explanations from and interviews with scholars Doug Moo, Nick Perrin, and Paul Maier, focusing on the background of the Passover, why Jesus and the disciples reclined at the Last Supper instead of eating at a table, and why the Jewish officials had to get Pontius Pilate involved after beginning their judicial proceedings against Jesus.

Holy Week Spotify Playlist

We created a Spotify playlist with music focused on Holy Week. We hope these songs will help you reflect on this momentous week, and help prepare your heart as we reflect on and celebrate these events.