Key Verses: For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. Ephesians 2:14-16
Today’s is Maundy Thursday also known as Holy Thursday. Today we remember the day Jesus held the Last Supper with his disciples in Jerusalem. The word ‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin word ‘mandatum’. It means commandment because it was during this final meal with his disciples that Jesus said in John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
The word Jesus uses for love here is ‘agape’. Agape love is not romance or even friendship – it is the self-giving love which Jesus demonstrated upon the cross. It was the love he showed as he washed his disciples feet and as he broke the bread exampling how His body would be broken for them. It’s the love that freed the Hebrews from Egypt and feed them in the wilderness. It’s the love that changed the Samaritan woman and Zacchaeus life forever. It’s the love that allowed Jesus to cook breakfast for his disciples after they abandoned him to go back fishing (see John 21).
Jesus not only demonstrated love and service, but he calls us to do the same. We have been united in Christ, Galatians 3:26-28 teaches us, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Our oneness should be evident for the world to see. It is by our love that Jesus says it will be obvious that we are his disciples. The question we must then ask ourselves is; “Is it obvious that I am Jesus disciple?” If not, we must ask Jesus to help us love as he loved. To love in a sacrificial, non self-serving way, which bring glory to God.