Today is Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday when we commemorate the foot washing (maundy) and the last supper of Jesus Christ. During the meal Jesus institutes the Eucharist by the words of sacrifice:
New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed[a] and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new[b] covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus lived his life sacrificially and we are called to do the same. Also our lives need to be taken, blessed, broken, and given to others. What could this mean? How can these words of Jesus help us to understand what sacrificial living really is all about?
Pastor Manuel Thomas urges us to know God for ourselves.
We need to seek ways to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.
We need to create space for Christ to come.
We need to practice the patterns of God.
The more we eat the Word of God, the more transformed we become.
The more we live out our faith, the more integral it becomes.
The more we receive grace, the more our love for God grows.
The more we surrender, the sweeter our sacrifice becomes.
The more we abide in Christ, the more we want to stay on the altar.