In this special week in the church year Maundy Thursday is often overlooked and under attended, it’s awkwardly still within most people’s working week before the Bank Holiday weekend. Yet it is incredible important and helps us understanding the significance of Holy Week.
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow how would you spend your evening? Would you spend your last hours eating with and washing the feet of the person who was to betray you and hand you over to be killed?
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. (John 13:1 )
Notice the importance of the timing, the impending Passover celebration: a remembrance of God’s liberation of Israel from Egypt but also looking forward to the promised Messiah to restore the God’s Kingdom.
We are told that Jesus knew it was time for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. He knew He was about to die.
Jesus knew it was time to show the full extent of His love – first in this acted parable of foot washing that points us towards then the full cleansing from sin and greatest display of love and service upon the cross.
We have a Saviour who rescues us from our selfishness, our sinfulness and greed. Jesus has dealt with our guilt and shame completely on the cross: we are liberated, set free and given the power of the Holy Spirit to be different. Are you opening yourselves to that power so that we can stand out as community of believers who are identified by displaying practical love?
Jesus calls us to follow Him, to take up our cross and deny ourselves to serve the world. In the freedom that the washing in His blood brings, may we be known by our love for each other.