Today is Maundy Thursday. What does that mean? As a kid, I thought that people were saying, "Monday Thursday." As you can imagine, I was pretty confused. Eventually, I learned that it was "Maundy Thursday" not "Monday Thursday." However, I still didn't know much about it.
So, what is Maundy Thursday? Very simply, it is when Christians celebrate the Last Supper. It is when we remember Jesus' last meal with His disciples before His crucifixion. Therefore, Maundy Thursday is often celebrated with acts of fellowship and sharing of food with one another.
However, I want us to dig a little deeper this year. Maundy Thursday is not simply about fellowship and food. In fact, the word "maundy" comes from the Latin word for "command" or "commandment." Therefore, the celebration of Maundy Thursday should focus on the command Jesus gave His disciples at the Last Supper.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Jesus gave His disciples a clear command: Love one another. Today, He commands the same of us; He commands that we truly love one another. Not only that, He commands us to love as He loved.
How many of us can say that we do that? How many of us can say that we love those around us with unconditional, self-sacrificial love? How many of us would be willing to lay down our lives for someone else?
Yet, this is exactly what we are called to do! We are called to love as Christ loved. We are called to love without conditions. We are called to love sacrificially. We are even called to love those who do not deserve it. Jesus' disciples weren't the easiest to love. In fact, they all abandoned Him that very night. We are called to love because Christ first loved us (1 John 4:19), not because those around us deserve it.
So my challenge to you on this Maundy Thursday is simple: love one another!
P.S. If you're wondering what this looks like, read 1 Corinthians 13.