Thursday, April 9, 2009

Maundy Thursday/Last Supper...

Jesus shared the final meal with his disciples, called the Last Supper, on the night before he was crucified. 
When we see paintings or think about The Last Supper, we often see Jesus surrounded by His disciples at a large table, sitting in regular upright chairs. Those paintings are more than likely, very inaccurate.

While studying in Israel, I learned that The Last Supper would not have included upright chairs.
Jesus and His disciples “reclined” to eat.

They laid down, on their left side to dine.

Special "couches" were placed around a table in a horseshoe, leaving one side open for servants to bring and clear away food. In some cases, a piece of leather was merely rolled out on the floor as the table and people would lie down around it. The host reclined at the head of the table, and guests were arranged according to their esteem. The closer one was placed to the host, the more greatness and honor given.

Why am I telling you about tables and seating arrangement?
Notice who Jesus has on each side of Him.
John and Judas. did you catch that?

Jesus knew what Judas was going to do....had an intimate dinner, literally right next to him and STILL....went to the cross for well as for you and for me.

"But God demonstrated his own love for us in this:

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8
"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take and eat; this is my body.'"

Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom.'"
~Matthew 26:26-29

Scripture tells that Jesus was crucified on a Friday, Jesus shared the important Last Supper with His Apostles on a Thursday.

So, why Maundy?
Good question...I had to go and look it up again myself-
The name "Maundy" means "a new mandate" in Latin.

This new mandate from Jesus is from John 13:34, "A new command I give you;
Love one another. As I have I have loved you, so you must love one another."

He is not asking us- He is commanding us...Commanding!!

God, thank you for your unconditional love. I can not believe what you went through for each of us, as if there were only one of us.

In His Dust,

1 comment:

Unknown said...

That is the way it really was, I would like to get a pic or poster of this, could you help me please, It Thank You I have been looking for this PIC for a long time