Maundy Thursday is the celebration of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper.
Jesus told his disciples in John 3:3-17 ” 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” 10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
Jesus tells us to wash each others feet in order to humble ourselves. He tells us that the first shall be last and the last shall be first. And He also tell us that the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve. That is what he wants us to learn from this, and that is what he wants us to do.
After the celebrated the Last Supper, they went to the Garden of Gethsemane so Jesus could pray. While Jesus prayed, the disciples slept. Jesus was hurt and angry. Jesus asked the Father to take the cup from him, but then He said what I think are some of the most important words in the Bible; Jesus said, “but not My will, but Thy will be done. The Son was obedient to the Father, even unto death.
After Jesus had finished prayer, He was betrayed by Judas and is arrested, thus setting into motion what the prophets had said about the Messiah that would come to save them.
During the rest of the evening and into the morning hours, Jesus was questioned, mocked, beaten, spit upon and much more.
And that takes us to my next post on Good Friday.
I will wash your feet.