April 01, 2010

Maundy Thursday Thoughts

Maundy Thursday. The day that remembers the passover meal, Christ's last meal with His friends. He washes the feet of the apostles. He speaks these words:

John 15:18

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. 23He who hates me hates my Father as well. 24If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

26“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. 27And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

My thoughts on the scriptures above...in the words of Mary, the mother of Christ, may it be to me as You will. With the Counselor who was sent after Christ's crucifixion we as Christ's followers can rejoice in persecution, because it is for His Name. May we wash other's feet like Christ, may we humble ourselves as Christ did, may we bear the bitter cup as He did, and may we rely on the Spirit to fill us to the point of overflow that we do not deny Christ due to hardships and persecution. May we be given His peace that passes understanding, and the words to proclaim His goodness.


Plezant.Lee.Plump said...

I always wondered what that was. Good blog entry I enjoyed it.