The word Maundy means Commandment. He shows them how to be incarnate agents of grace—how to dignify people by washing their feet, feeding them, and telling them stories. On a symbolic level, everyone loves this theme. Everyone likes to talk and think about love. But the practical ways Jesus lives out love are disturbing, un seemly, and downright unsanitary. AND Jesus commands his followers to love and serve one another in the same way. Footwashing, for starters. I know some of you are nervous about this. We have to look dead-on at what might be unlovely—even smelly—about another person, and—what is sometimes worse—we have to show what might be unlovely about ourselves to someone else.
Sermon for Holy Thursday
Eyes on Jesus: More Than Meets The Eye
Click HERE to access the online service that includes this message. We read Luke While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd appeared, and the man called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He came near to Jesus to kiss him.
In most cases, they misunderstood who He was and what He was doing; then again, sometimes by faith people did recognize Him correctly. As we conclude these forty days of Lent, looking within ourselves as people of faith in our day, we again ask how we are like or unlike the people who saw Jesus in the flesh. Most important, as we gather for worship, we see again what Jesus has done to save us from our sins by His holy, precious blood and innocent suffering and death. It is difficult for us to look through the eyes of the disciples when they were celebrating Passover, but it was within that context that Jesus pronounced the bread and wine to be His body and blood. What do we perceive? Jesus reveals that the disciples are receiving more than bread and wine at the Passover on the night in which He was betrayed. Share an Easter Selfie picture of your family to be included in our Sunday Broadcast! Go to immanueljoplin. Look for us at facebook.
They were to slaughter a lamb without blemish, take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they ate. It is the passover of the LORD. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, … when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. Throughout your generations you shall observe this day as a perpetual ordinance. It shall be a day of remembrance for you, a festival to the LORD. It might sound a little icky to us — an allusion to drinking blood, but to the disciples who have just drunk from that cup, condemnation and confusion would mingle with the wine. For the life of the body is in the blood; and I have given it to you for making atonement for your lives on the altar. Therefore I have said to the people of Israel: No person among you shall eat blood. For the life of every creature — its blood is its life. The very reason for the original prohibition is now the reason Jesus offers the cup as his blood.