As we replay and remember the events that took place during the last week of Jesus’ life, we are reminded that today is MAUNDY THURSDAY! Maundy is a Latin word from antiquity which means “mandate.” It was on the final Thursday of Jesus’ life that He gave His disciples some additional “mandates” that they should follow and live by.
Maundy Thursday was a busy day for Jesus! On this day He shared in the Passover Meal with his disciples, which we now refer to as the Last Supper. In addition, on this day Jesus washed His disciples’ feet, prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, and was arrested.
Today, I want to turn your attention to several principles that we can learn from Jesus on Maundy Thursday and apply to our own lives.
1. Surrender to God’s plan for your life! Jesus declared in Matthew 26:18 “my appointed time is at hand.” He understood that He must live out God’s plan and die on Calvary’s cross for the sins of the world. How well are you surrendering to God’s plan for your life?
2. Sacrifice for others! Jesus was willing to sacrifice His life, body, and blood for sinners like you and I (Matthew 26:27-28). The question we all must wrestle with is “what sacrifices am I making for others?”
3. Strengthen others with encouraging words! As Jesus discussed His departure with His disciples, He encouraged them by informing them that the Holy Spirit/Comforter will reside, lead, and care for them (John 14:15-18). Have you taken the time to encourage someone this week?
4. Serve others with humility! After discussing His betrayal with Judas and celebrating the Passover with His disciples, Jesus took a towel and washed their filthy feet (John 13:1-17). Can you believe it? The Savior of the world, the Son of God humbles himself to wash dirty feet. How are you exhibiting humility by serving others?
5. Submit your will to God’s will! In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked God to “remove this cup” but eventually submitted to God by declaring “not my will but your will be done” (Mark 14:32-42). When was the last time you submitted and prayed to God, “not my will but thine will be done?”