...also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday and Thursday of Mysteries, is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. (wikipedia)The "Maundy", by the way, is from the Latin word Mandatum and refers to Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.
So, now that we've got the definitions out of the way... a simple question.
Why do we meet to remember the last meal Jesus had with his closest followers before he was put on trial, tortured & crucified?
Today, as I prepare for our Maundy Thursday service, I can think of two reasons:
- Jesus told us to. "And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22: 19 NASB)
- I need the reminder.
Seriously... in the busyness of a being a pastor & a husband & a dad, it's easy for me to gloss over the incredible sacrifice of Christ. Slowing down to taste the dry unleavened bread and feel the fruit of the vine as it rolls down my throat becomes a very tangible way to get off the proverbial merry-go-round of life & look into Jesus' eyes.