The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word mandatum from which we get our word “mandate.” On the Thursday night before His Friday crucifixion, Jesus in the Upper Room gave the disciples a new mandate or a new command:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34
Just before he said these words, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. Right after he gave this command, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper when he took bread, broke it, gave thanks for it, and gave it to the disciples saying, “This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
Maundy Thursday is a time to ponder Jesus’ new commandment, come around the Lord’s Table, and ask ourselves hard questions: How obedient am I in loving others in the same way Jesus has loved me? What are my selfless, sacrificial demonstrations of love that mirror Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet?”
Maundy Thursday provides an opportunity to reflect and self-examine as we each seek to answer these important questions. Join us at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, for this special worship service at 7 pm on Thursday, April 13.