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Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) A Night of Joy and Sadness

This is the night that Christians celebrate the installing of the Sacrament of the Last Supper. There are some complications that arise from the actual dating of things since three of the four gospels are in agreement that it was held the first night of the Seder Feast while John states it was on the evening prior to the Seder. Either way, this year Passover begins with the first Seder Feast on Friday the 30th.
Now this was no ordinary meal as Jesus had designed the provisions of the New Covenant with installing the bread and wine. Jesus also had a final lesson for the disciples as He gave them the ultimate example of servant leadership by the washing of the feet which was normally reserved for the servants or head of house to do for the guests.
When the actual meal was over and He took the bread and the cup, Jesus mentioned His coming final act in the flesh and how it would come to pass what they would do. There will be a betrayal, a disownment, and His death. It was after this that Judas leaves to get the Sanhedrin and the guards which was no easy task.
Instead of dwelling on who would betray, Luke says the Disciples argued about something different:
A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Luke 22:24-30
Wow what a divine message on being a true servant.
Jesus Points Out Simon Peter’s Betrayal
It was right after this that Peter told Jesus that he would not forsake Him. Jesus knows this to be false so He tells Peter that he will deny Him. Can you imagine what was going through Peter’s head after he heard that? The master tells the student that he will disown Him to save his own skin. How does one recover from that? Peter would later take up a sword and use it in an attempt to save Jesus. Attempt failed so the best course, try again then run to save one’s own skin. Now Peter would be forgiven and given the task of spreading the gospel to the world but it wasn’t until being filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit that he would fully understand.
The evening ended with the prayer in the garden, the betrayal of Judas, the scattering of the Disciples, and the Arrest and first trial of the Messiah. What we need to remember is that He instituted the bread and cup to be done at ALL gatherings not just one time a year or once a quarter as most Protestant churches do. Tonight Jesus will be mocked constantly and treated like a hardened criminal all for the sake of our lives. Would you take someone’s place to save him or her?

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