Maundy Thursday

Posted by Elaine April 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM AEST

“What is Maundy Thursday?”

Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday,” is the Thursday of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday – the Thursday before Easter. Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper.

Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday.

First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and thereby instituted the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion:

Taking bread, he blessed it, broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Eat it in my memory.”

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He did the same with the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant written in my blood, blood poured out for you. Luke 22:19-20.

Some Christian churches observe a special Communion service on Maundy Thursday in memory of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. Second, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility

Read now John 13:3-17.

Some Christian churches observe a foot-washing ceremony on Maundy Thursday to commemorate Jesus’ washing the feet of the disciples.

The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word for “command.” The “Maundy” in Maundy Thursday refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another.

Should we observe Maundy Thursday?
The Bible neither commands nor forbids it. It is a good thing to remember the Last Supper and Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf.

It is a good thing to remember the Lord’s example of humility.

However, at the same time, we should avoid ritualistic observances of holidays unless they are truly focused on God and our relationship with Him.

Maundy Thursday Calendar:
2013 = March 28
2014 = April 17
2015 = April 2

Recommended Resources: Logos Bible Software and The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas.