Day 5

Day Five: Thursday
John 13:1-38; Luke 22:1-53; Luke 9:46-48

The Thursday before Easter, known as Maundy Thursday, commemorates the Last Supper and all the events leading up to Jesus’ arrest in the garden of Gethsemane. On this day, Jesus took a normal Passover meal and changed it forever.

When we read the biblical accounts of the Last Supper, we discover that this dinner must have been quite an interesting affair. We have Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, administering the first communion, calling out Judas who will betray him, and telling Peter that he will deny him three times before the rooster crows.

The Last Supper was certainly not a calm, highly organized, formal gathering as we often like to picture it. In fact, immediately after Jesus administered the first communion, what we would consider to be a holy moment, a dispute arose among the disciples. They began to fight over which of them would be the greatest, an old fight that Jesus had already addressed.

Can you imagine how Jesus must have felt having just washed their
feet and given them communion and now the disciples are having this old argument again? Yet, Jesus responds to them in love, reminding them once again that to be great, they must be a servant, just as he came to be a servant.

How often are we like the disciples, desiring to be the greatest, to have the power and the prestige, the money and the social media followers? We fall into the same selfish mindset and negative pattern of behaviors again and again instead of acting as we know God has called us to act. What would it look like for us to truly live out our calling from God to serve others and put their needs above our own?

Activity: Read the biblical accounts of the Last Supper and events leading up to Jesus’ arrest. What is one random socially distant act of kindness you can do for someone else today? Pray and commit your life totally to God again today. Commit yourself to true servanthood, praying, “not my will, but yours be done.”