“the night on which he was betrayed” (1 Corinthians 11:23)
On Holy Thursday, we are invited to remember and celebrate four events: The Last Supper, the Washing of the Apostle’s Feet by Jesus, Christ’s agony and prayer in Gethsemane, and the arrest of Jesus. In Jesus’ time, the Hebrew Pasch (Passover) was celebrated at home, in the family.
Holy Thursday is also known as Maundy Thursday. The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command.” The “Maundy” in “Maundy Thursday” refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another. Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday
First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and thereby instituted the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion (Luke 22:19-20). Some Christian churches observe a special Communion service on Maundy Thursday in memory of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. Second, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility (John 13:3-17). Some Christian churches observe a foot-washing ceremony on Maundy Thursday to commemorate Jesus’ washing the feet of the disciples.
Holy Thursday is the commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, when he established the sacrament of Holy Communion prior to his arrest and crucifixion. It also commemorates His institution of the priesthood. On this day amidst COVID-19, give service to an unbeliever by telling him/her about Jesus Christ. Have communion or fellowship with believers and unbelievers through telephone call or text message even though we are to observe social distance. By this, our faith the in Lord is strengthen. Hallelujah!
Suggestion: Go on your kneels and prayer for the church of Christ worldwide and a prayer for a friend you will like to see in church when social distance is over.