As I was led to do a blog about Holy Week. I will continue to post this introduction…
Most churches have had to scale down their usual services and even close their doors because with COVID 19 creating physical distance from one another; we are not permitted to gather together. It is important during this time that we remember we all have a personal relationship with God and our continued worship, prayer and time with God should not decrease nor stop because of this. You are responsible to keep connected. You are responsible for your prayer time with God. You are responsible for your worship. The church building should not keep you from that. Philippians 2:12 says “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” You are responsible to seek God out yourself. We usually hear an abbreviated version of the story of Holy Week leading up to Resurrection Sunday or some call Easter, but let’s read it and know for ourselves. Know about the sacrifice, the pain, the beatings, the determination, the love that Jesus had for us and what he went through to save us from sin!
Read with me Luke 22:7-46
Holy Thursday is also called Maundy Thursday. Maundy being an old English word for washing.
Passover is celebrated, the Last Supper and the washing of the disciples feet happens.
The washing of the feet to me symbolizes the humility that Christ carried. He served others. He served his disciples. He was about to die, you would think he would be expecting them to wash his feet before they sup. But the master served his disciples.
Sitting down with His twelve apostles he says to them, With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. The Life the Application study bible notes that “the Passover commemorated Israel’s escaspe from egypt when the blood of a lamb painted on their doorposts saved their firstborn sons from death. This event foreshadowed Jesus’ work on the cross. As the spotless Lamb of God, his blood would be spilled in order to save his people from the penalty of death brought by sin.” Taking the bread and cup, he gave thanks and broke it and drank from the cup; then giving it to them he said “‘This is my body which is given for you, likewise this cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you…do this in remembrance of me. Communion.
There is so much packed into this day and the reading but two things really stand out for me. When Jesus went up to the Mount of Olives he his disciples to “pray that you may not enter into temptation’. Jesus knew that he would be leaving them and that they would need extra strength to face the temptations ahead. It amazes me sometimes how the Lord knows what we have need of before we even need it, before we even think of it, before we know what’s coming our way. And He prepares us for it if we pay attention. Jesus knew his disciples would need the strength to not doubt, to not runaway, to not deny their relationship with him. Not to think that you were deceived and to stand in your faith. What you know to be true. I believe that same word of caution can be directed at us for today in this world.
The other thing mentioned in these scriptures that stayed with me was when Jesus was praying in the garden. Scripture tells us that he was in agony thinking about what was about to happen. That as he prayed His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And he prayed and talked to God about it. But in all that…he did not give up or give in. He continued with the assignment for His life. He went ahead with the mission for which he had come.
Let us remember not to be asleep when it comes to our devotion to Christ. Let us not give up or give in. But walk boldly with the strength of Christ to complete our assignments.