Jesus was arrested on Thursday and crucified on Friday. On that Maundy Thursday, Jesus observed the Passover known as the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion with His dis-ciples, “And He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you’” (Luke 22:19-20).
Maundy is derived from the Latin word for ‘command’. Be-sides instituting the Last Supper, Jesus also commanded them to serve and love in humility. Firstly, He set an example by washing His disciples’ feet as an act of humility and ser-vice, (John 13:1-17). Secondly, He instructed them that they should continue to love one another, (John 13:34-35), as wit-nesses to the world that they are indeed His disciples. In the evening, Jesus was arrested by the temple guards while He was in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was betrayed by His disciple, Judas Iscariot.
The following day, Good Friday, Jesus was put on trial, con-demned and crucified. An innocent man that suffered injust-ice, He was falsely charged by the religiously leaders and the crowd for attempting to usurp the Roman authority. Even Herod and his sworn enemy Pilate could not find any faults in Him, “A third time he said to them, Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.’” (Luke 23:22, ESV).
Good Friday is a solemn day as a reminder of God’s sacrifi-cial love for mankind. “A missionary to Africa was sharing the story of the Lord Jesus Christ. He told them of Jesus’ life, His miracles, and His death on the Cross. Seated on the front row was the chief, who had listened intently to all the mission-ary had said. As the missionary told of how Christ was nailed to the Cross, he jumped to his feet and said, “Stop! Take Him down from the Cross; I belong there, not Him!” He realised that he was a sinner, and that Christ was the Sinless One. Jesus took our place there, and died for us. Scripture assures us, ‘Christ died for our sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.’” (Quoted from Christian Victory).
Have you ever thanked Him for dying for you? We who de-serve nothing and God gives us everything, His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to redeem us from the power of darkness and eternal damnation. Lest we forget Gethsemane!
With a grateful heart
King of my life, I crown Thee now –J E Hussey
你有否因着祂为你死而感谢祂呢？我们不该得到任何东西，然而祂却给予我们一切 — 祂那位独生子耶稣基督，为了把我们从黑暗的权势和永恒的诅咒旧书出来。让我勿忘客西马尼！
同來加冕生命之王— J.E. 赫西