Thinking about Maundy Thursday can be a sobering thing. Some may know it as “Holy Thursday,” but no matter how you say it, its today. Have you really thought about what happened that night? Jesus and His apostles shared dinner right? Leonardo painted a picture of it. We all know the scene, 6 guys arrayed on each side of Jesus, Him with His arms spread wide.

Scripture tells us far more than this picture does, but the services tonight are likely focusing on the same thing that this great artist did. Lets look at the other events of the night. During the meal, Jesus prophesied his betrayal, even naming Judas as the betrayer. After dinner Jesus started to share with the disciples, this is where the sacrament of Communion comes from, as Jesus took bread and broke it describing it as His body broken for them. He then  took wine in a cup and described it as His blood, poured out as the new covenant. He then predicted Peter’s denials.

After all of this Jesus led His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane, where He asked them to stay awake and pray. Three times he returned to find them sleeping, waking them the last time to find Judas returning with the Jewish guards. Jesus was betrayed by Judas with a kiss on the cheek. As the guards seized Jesus, Peter struck one with his sword, removing the guards ear. Jesus rebuked Peter and healed the guard. During the night, Jesus was tried twice and sent for torture.

Reflecting on the events of the night can help a man to understand the last days of the Passion a little better. Consider if you were there, how would you have reacted?

Until the Whole World Knows,

Paul

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