Maundy Thursday

IMG_4644Christians around the world remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples today.  Many young people will celebrate their first communion.  Here are questions and thoughts from our 5th grade class.  I always learn something new as we think about the gift of Holy Communion together.

Why is it called Maundy Thursday?

Maundy comes from the Latin word mandutum which means commandment.  Jesus gives a new commandment “to love one another as I have loved you”.  At the last supper Jesus washed his disciple’s feet.  Feet washing was a servant job, yet Jesus washed feet to show us how to serve.  No job is too menial when it comes to caring for your neighbor.

I’m not sure I want to be a servant.

Sometimes I feel that way too.  Yet that is what Jesus did.  He spent his whole life helping and loving others.  As followers of Jesus we are to love one another.  That means caring less about ourselves and more about the people around us. God’s Spirit helps us to serve.

What does Passover have to do it?

Jesus was celebrating the Jewish Passover holiday with his disciples. You may remember that long, long ago (long before Jesus was born) God’s people were slaves in Egypt.  God sent plagues to free the people.  The tenth plague was death to all first born people and animals.  The angel of death passed over the homes of the Israelites because they put the blood of a lamb over their doorposts—just like God told them.  Moses led them out of Egypt across the Red Sea.  Every year after that, Passover is celebrated.

Why was this Passover different?

Jesus celebrated Passover with his friends, but Jesus knew that he was going to die soon.  He wanted his disciples then and all of us today to know that Jesus would always be with them.  Jesus said, “Take and eat. This is my body broken for you.  Take and drink. This is my blood shed for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  Jesus started what we now call Holy Communion at his last supper.

Yuk.  I don’t like the way the wine tastes.  Yum. Can I have some more wine?

The slightly bitter taste of wine reminds us of the bitterness of Jesus’ suffering and death.  You may take wine or grape juice.  They are both fruit of the vine.

Tonight you are invited to this holy meal of bread and wine.  Jesus will be there…for you…to give you forgiveness, life, and salvation.  Come there is a place for you! Join with God’s people throughout the ages giving praise to God.  Then go and love one another.

 

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