Maundy Thursday: Jesus Gives a New Command
Do you know why this day is called Maundy Thursday? Alamin sa ating devotion ngayon.
“Isang bagong utos ang ibinibigay ko sa inyo ngayon, mag-ibigan kayo! Kung paano ko kayong inibig, gayundin naman, mag-ibigan kayo.”
If you knew that you were about to spend your last meal with the people closest to you, what will you do? If you had the means, you’d probably go to a five-star hotel where you will be served the best food by uniformed servers. After all, it will be your last. All out na.
Jesus chose differently. At the upper room, He shared the Last Supper with His disciples. With no server in sight, it was actually the Master who did the serving. With a towel around His waist, Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of the faithful men who walked the dusty roads with Him.
During the meal, He broke the bread and shared the wine with His disciples, saying that both represented His body and blood. (Little did the disciples know that thousands of years from then, the followers of Jesus will commemorate this same act in remembrance of Him.) Bilang huling habilin, He said to them, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34, NIV).
Pagkatapos kumain, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane where He poured out His heart to God the Father. He bargained, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42, NIV). Imagine the agony and anguish. He knew that great pain awaited Him.
On this particular Thursday, Jesus showed the disciples how to truly live. By His action, He exemplified servanthood. By His prayer, He demonstrated submission. And by His words, He preached love.
Thank you for joining us once again. We’ll see you tomorrow for the continuation of our series “The Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.”
Dear Jesus, I give my will and desires to You, asking that You give me the strength and wisdom to obey You in love.
Why is this day called Maundy Thursday? Maundy, in Latin, means “commandment” or mandate. It’s about the new commandment that Jesus gave to His disciples about loving one another. Do you know somebody na “mahirap mahalin”? This week, take a step of faith and reach out to him/her in obedience to God.