Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday. What does that mean? Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of Passion Week, the day before Good Friday. Two major events took place on Maundy Thursday of that week: First, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper also called Communion. The second major event that took place on Thursday of Passion Week was Jesus washed the disciple’s feet. This was an example of humility.
We know that Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with the Disciples and washed the Disciples feet on that Thursday, but that still doesn’t tell us what ‘Maundy Thursday’ means. The word ‘Maundy’ comes from a simple Latin word that means “to command.”
Maundy Thursday is about us remembering the Lord’s Supper. It is also about remembering that Christ washed the Disciples feet. Most of all remember the command Christ gave to his disciples. Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
Enjoy Your Maundy Thursday tomorrow, but remember the COMMAND of Christ to Love one another.
John Mark Caton, Ph.D