Today is Maundy Thursday, the day that Christians remember and commemorate Jesus last supper with His friends, (the very meal that we now call, Holy Communion, breaking of bread), His washing of His disciples feet, as well His deep cries to our Heavenly Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. As I have said previously, this week is so sacred to Christians, as we recall the very days leading up to and including Jesus death on Calvary’s Cross on Good Friday and His glorious resurrection from death on Easter Sunday. During this Lockdown, we have a greater opportunity, and certainly more time, to walk with Jesus intentionally to the cross and then onto His resurrection on Easter Sunday. The best way to do this is to read one of the gospel accounts of these precious days. These are the passages that I suggest you read today (Maundy Thursday): John 13:1-17, Luke 22:14-23 and Luke 22:39-46. Really seek to know Jesus and His incredibly great love for us. Embrace the amazing gifts He secured for us through His death and resurrection: the gift of forgiveness and the promise of eternal life. Appreciate afresh the door that Jesus opened for us to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Appreciate afresh what it cost Jesus to secure this all for us.
Here are some powerful reasons to walk this road this weekend:
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. (Philippians 3:7-9)
10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:10-11)
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:18-21)
I love the Words of this Chris Tomlin song, ‘Love Ran Red’, as it verbalizes why and how we should respond to all Jesus did and secured for us this week: ‘There’s a place where mercy reigns and never dies. There’s a place where streams of grace flow deep and wide, where all the love I’ve ever found comes like a flood, comes flowing down. At the cross, at the cross, I surrender my life. I’m in awe of You, where Your love ran red and my sin washed white… I owe all to You, Jesus. There’s a place where sin and shame are powerless, where my heart has peace with God and forgiveness, where all the love I’ve ever found comes like a flood, comes flowing down… Here my hope is found, here on holy ground, here I bow down… here arms open wide, here You save my life. Here I bow down… At the cross I surrender my life…’
Bless you all