Holy Week History: What is Maundy Thursday

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What is Maundy Thursday?

Maundy Thursday is the fifth day of Holy Week leading up to Easter, which remembers the Last Supper with Jesus and His disciples. We call this event the “Last Supper” because it is one of Jesus’ final meals with His disciples before He is crucified. They had gathered for Passover Supper, which set an important context for what Jesus did at the Last Supper.

The Passover meal remembers when God liberated His people from captivity after striking Egypt with the tenth and final plague. For the tenth plague, God told Moses that every firstborn son would die unless their families had marked their door frames with the blood of a “lamb without blemish” (Exodus 12:5). Moses directs the Jews to kill a lamb and mark their doors with blood. As promised, God “passes over” the homes marked with blood and spares the firstborn sons of His people. After suffering this final plague, Pharaoh releases the Israelites from their captivity as slaves.

What is the Meaning of Maundy Thursday?

Understanding the story of Passover gives incredible meaning to the events of the Last Supper. During this Passover meal, Jesus establishes what we know as Communion or the Lord’s Supper. Jesus breaks bread, saying “Take, eat; this is my body” and then tells the disciples to drink from the cup of wine, which he calls the “blood of the covenant” (Matthew 26:26-28). With these actions Jesus establishes himself as the Passover Lamb, the sacrifice required for the New Covenant. Jesus tells us to take Communion to remember his death and to “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:24-26). Communion not only reminds us what Jesus did, but that He will return again. We will commune with him to celebrate His return at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-10).

How do People Celebrate Maundy Thursday?

Most churches celebrate Maundy Thursday by taking Communion and also remembering Christ’s commandment to his disciples. During the Last Supper, Jesus performs the humbling act of washing the feet of his disciple. Jesus uses this act to demonstrate how he wants his disciples to serve and love others. “If I then, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14). This mandate extends to all believers. Christians remember this command on Maundy Thursday, with some churches actually practicing the washing of feet.

As we continue to prepare for Easter Sunday, Maundy Thursday is a great time to focus on what it means that Christ is our Passover Lamb. Set aside some time to talk with your family about Jesus as the Blameless Lamb sacrificed for us. This powerful image is simple, yet profound. We are reminded that just as Christ processed humbly into Jerusalem on a donkey, He will humbly go to the cross. What does this tell us about the kind of King He is? He does not conquer with violence, but with love. And so we are called to further his kingdom in the same way, by loving one another as Christ first loved us.

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Jodi Stoddard
Jodi Stoddard

Jennifer Santarelli you wanted to know about Maunday Thursday. This explains it

Polly Giordano
Polly Giordano

Thanks for sharing Marlis. This is the first time I have missed going to church in years.

Becky Seaman
Becky Seaman

I always wondered what that meant. Now I know

Marlis Wildman
Marlis Wildman

Thank you with Love Lord Jesus for that Last Supper, eaten by you for us to remember you by, to celebrate what did on the cross for us, that next day. Allelujah

Mae Everett
Mae Everett

He said do this in remember acne of me . Thank you Jesus

Donald Whitten
Donald Whitten

You know I am a ordain minister and so is my wife. I just want to say to all that believe in Easter it ain't even in the Bible. The last supper is but who gave all you men of

Tauga Vulaono
Tauga Vulaono

Thank you for this reminder of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, & the Last Supper.

Debbie Krist
Debbie Krist

He washed their feet to show how should treat each other, better than ourselves

Stephn Rapole
Stephn Rapole

AMEN Holy Thursday JESUS LAST MEAL For Our Salvation we are great ful

Karen Rigby
Karen Rigby

Erika Zilahy Hernandez Garcia this was what I was talking about when you were up a bit back.

Grover Lopez
Grover Lopez

Thanks for the new learning..... GOD bless u all....

Isata Kpakiwa
Isata Kpakiwa

Prayer for protection over my family and favour over my head in the name of Jesus, amen,

Darrel  Kois
Darrel Kois

Maundy = Command, "This New Command I give you, Love One Another"

Jeannette Starchak
Jeannette Starchak

Alyana Buscar. This is completely out of line here. This is disrespectful of a serious post concerning Easter. Thank you for understanding.