Maundy Thursday

The following resources are taken from a worship project The Singing Company and Families put together for The Salvation Army Central Territory. Each devotional not only has teaching on that specific day of Holy Week, but also features a song based on the meaning of that day.

“And He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” (Luke 22:15)

Before Jesus died He longed to share one last meal with His disciples. Knowing He only had a few days left; Jesus took advantage of the Passover feast to show His friends the full extent of His love for them. But this Passover was different than any other.

Meals in the Ancient Near East were far more than a courtesy, having much more to do with who you were sharing it with than the food itself. Sharing meals extended a bond of trust and deep friendship amongst each guest. It meant that you were swearing your protection and love for those who sat across the table from you. If you wanted to show that you really cared for someone, you ate with them.

Since Jesus had so eagerly anticipated this final meal, He saved His best teaching and intimate fellowship for last. Jesus had been with the disciples for three years and now He wanted to put some things in perspective for them, with the daunting knowledge that He would soon be betrayed, arrested and killed.

Read on and listen to “The Last Supper” @ http://holyweek.thesingingcompany.com/holy-week-devotionals/maundy-thursday/

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