Maundy Thursday

March 28th 2024

Maundy Thursday

As we reach Thursday of Holy Week, it doesn’t take long to realize that Wednesday was the calm before the storm.

We don’t know much about what Jesus did for most of that day, because like a spiritual magnifying glass, the gospel accounts all focus solely on that evening.

Symbolic of the darkness that would soon sweep over Jerusalem, sundown was quickly approaching, and it would officially signal the start of Passover.

Little did the disciples know, as they prepared for the Passover meal, that they would be sharing it one final time with the true and ultimate Passover Lamb (Luke 22:19–20).

In a profound demonstration of humility and service, while gathered together with his disciples, our Lord knelt down and washed their feet (John 13:3–17).

He then gave his followers the commandment to love one another, as he has loved us, which is why this day is traditionally known as “Maundy Thursday” (John 13:34–35).

Emblematic of the sacrificial death he would die the following day, Jesus instituted a continuous visual reminder of his body and blood through the bread and wine of the Passover meal (Mark 14:22–25).

As they sat together, Jesus revealed that a traitor was in their midst. We can only imagine the speculation and soul-searching that must have taken place in that moment (John 13:18–27).

But once the true betrayer, Judas, departed with his heart set on deception and greed, the true disciples remained, and together, they sang a hymn of mystery, before exiting for the Mount of Olives (Matt 26:30).

Upon arriving, Jesus would ask his disciples to pray, while he entered the Garden of Gethsemane to get alone with the Father. And while falling to his knees in extreme sorrow and agony, our Lord would prayerfully contemplate the great and terrible cost he would pay to redeem his Bride (Matt 26:36–56).


Dear Lord, our minds on this Thursday of Holy Week are permeated with thoughts of you as the perfect and ultimate Passover Lamb; the One who has come to take away our sins.

In so many intimate and extraordinary ways, you have demonstrated humility and grace. And yet, your steadfast determination and resolve to redeem us as your bride is seen so clearly on this day.

So Lord, as we consider the immensity of your wondrous love for us, give us greater faith to believe it and to know how deep, wide, long, and high it is.

And help us to love one another well with this same extravagant and amazing affection. Lord Jesus, as we struggle with patience and contentment, please help us to find our greatest joy and satisfaction in you.

Please grant us the wisdom we need to walk in a way that honors and pleases you.

In your wise, good, and faithful name we pray, amen.

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Author: Kevin Hay

Kevin Hay serves as one of the pastors of Redeemer Bible Church in Gilbert, Arizona. He is a DMin student in Expository Preaching at The Master’s Seminary and is the editor of the book Assurance: Our Confidence in Christ by Thomas Goodwin. Kevin and his wife, Alicia, have eight children: McKenna, Landon, Meela, Madison, Liam, Levi, Mariah, and Maylee.