Following Jesus’ Footsteps – Thursday of Holy Week

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Today is known as “Maundy Thursday,” or “Holy Thursday,” or “Great Thursday.”  The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment,” and refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice.

On this Maundy Thursday, Jesus shared the last supper with His disciples, and before they ate, He washed their feet… one of the lowliest tasks the lowliest of servants were assigned to do.  Yet the Bible tells us that The Master, Teacher, Creator of this World took off His robes, and put on a servants towel and did what by rights should have been done to Him.  He washed the terribly dirty and rough feet of His disciples, even the feet of the one who had already betrayed Him.

As John 13:1 tells us, “He had loved those who were His own in the world, He loved them to the last and to the highest degree.”

Jesus did this lowly act of service to teach His disciples and us the principle of true love and what it means to be truly great…

From John 13:3, we learn that Jesus COULD do this lowly act of service because of His assurance of three things:
1.  knowing fully aware that the Father had put everything into His hands,
2. and that He had come from God
3. and was now returning to God.

And we, too, are assured of these same three things, which should free us up to genuinely love and serve others:

1.  We know full well that the Father has us and our lives and positions in His hands
2.  We know that we belong to God and what HE says and thinks about us is far more important than anything else in this world
3.  We know that we will be returning to God, because this earthly life is just a breath compared to eternity with Him in Heaven

Therefore, we should follow Jesus’ example and take off our “robes” of position and take up the servant’s towel and wash the feet of others.

That’s the command that this Maundy Thursday focuses upon.  That, and the Truth that Jesus even loved His betrayer… and aren’t we so grateful?

As we read what Jesus said and did on this Holy Thursday, may the Lord speak a fresh Word to us about how His acts of love and service are to be emulated by us… His grateful, but betraying, yet forgiven and redeemed followers.

Thursday

Jesus is Anointed: Matthew 26:6-13

The Lord’s Supper: Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-20; John 13:1-38

Jesus Comforts His Disciples: John 14

Jesus Teaches about The Vine and Branches: John 15

Jesus Speaks of the Future: John 16

Jesus’ Prayer for Himself, His Disciples, and All Believers: John 17

Gethsemane: Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:40-46

Arrest and Trial: Matthew 26:47-27:31; Mark 14:43-15:20; Luke 22:47-23:25; John 18:1-19:16

Healing of Malchus’ Ear: Luke 22:50-51; John 18:3-11

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Following Jesus’ Footsteps – Wednesday of Holy Week

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To me, it is on this day of Holy Week that the humanity and emotional side of Jesus and what He walked through begins to hit home.  He spent this day with His disciples and friends, was anointed by a freed woman as she poured her expensive perfume onto Him, then betrayed by one of His closest… one He had poured into every single day of ministry.  All the while the religious leaders (the ones who should have embraced His presence) plotted his public humiliation and death.  Betrayal in its deepest sense.

Oh sisters and brothers… do you and I betray Jesus in any way today?  It seems that we can either BETRAY or ANOINT Jesus each day as we speak, act, react, and manage what He has given us.  Lets be bold enough to ask Him as we read these passages and walk with Jesus through His Wednesday.

He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.  Psalm 107:20 (ESV)

 

Wednesday
Jesus is annointed with expensive perfume from an alabaster flask:  Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9

Judas goes to the chief priests and agrees to betray Jesus: Matthew 26:14-15, Mark 14:10-11

The Jews plot against Jesus: Matthew 26:2-5; Mark 14:1-2, 10-11; Luke 22:1-6

* And for an extra activity today, consider what you could do to show your deep love for Jesus… to anoint Him with your priceless treasure.  Not because it is required, but just because you love Him and are so grateful for your freedom He purchased and guaranteed for you on the cross.

 

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Following Jesus’ Footsteps – Tuesday of Holy Week

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A blessed Tuesday of Holy Week to you!  This is the day that the Lord has made…We will rejoice and be glad in it!
And, we will be in much scripture today as we follow Jesus’ footsteps.  There are more passages telling about Jesus’ works on Tuesday than on any other day of the week.  It’s because on this day Jesus spoke to and taught three different groups of people: the “religious leaders,” the crowds, and His disciples.  I’m wondering… where would you and I fall in this grouping?

Plan some time away with the Lord and your Bible today and listen closely to what Jesus had to say to those in His presence on that Tuesday, and to you presently.  Read the  scriptures listed, and ask God to open your eyes to the wonderful truths in His Word (Psalm 119:18), then honestly respond to what He has to say.  He sends forth His Word and heals. Psalm 107:20

 

Tuesday   

Jesus Teaches in the Temple: Matthew 21:23-27; Mark 11:27-33; Luke 20:1-8

Parable of the Two Sons: Matthew 21:28-32

Parable of the Tenants; Matthew 21:33-34; Mark 12:1-11; Luke 20:9-18

Parable of the Wedding Banquet: Matthew 22:2-24

Jesus Teaches the Disciples much about the end of time: Matthew 24:1-25:46

Parable of the Fig Tree: Matthew 24:32-35; Mark 13:28-29; Luke 21:29-31

Parable of the Faithful and Wise Servant: Matthew 24:45-51; Luke 12:42-48

Parable of the 10 Virgins: Matthew 25:1-13

Parable of the Talents: Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-27

Parable of the Sheep and the Goats: Matthew 25:31-46

Parable of the Watchful Servants: Mark 13:35-37; Luke 12:35-40

 

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