He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”
Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave 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 from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives."
Today marks Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday. The fifth day of Holy Week, it is truly a day of remembrance. Remembering Jesus' service. The way he prepared for his sacrifice.
By washing his disciples feet.
By breaking bread and sharing wine.
In service and in fellowship, with those closest to him.
With Covid-19 and social isolation, we may long for gatherings of 13+ people. To enjoy a meal together and to break bread. There are those with servants' hearts that are longing to get back out and be a blessing to those around them, helping in any way they can.
Remember this feeling.
Just before the darkest hour of his life, Jesus valued service and fellowship above all. He spent time with those closest to him and showed them how much he cared for them by stooping down and washing their feet. He took care of his friends. And what he asked of them, was to remember him.
To remember him when they drank. To remember him when they ate. To remember him when they were gathered together.
That's our duty today. To remember Him. To remember His sacrifice. Partake in your own Lord's Supper at home. Do it in remembrance of Him.
And then, serve in every way you can. Serve remotely and virtually. When we can get together, serve physically. Put that remembrance into action. Follow his new commandment, from which we get Maundy.
Make the day count. In remembrance of Him.