Considering the Day Before Good Friday: Lenten Thanks

     (Note: Today’s post is reprinted from 2019 with a few minor changes) Today, the day before Good Friday, is known as Holy, or Maundy Thursday. On the day before Christ’s cruel crucifixion, it is worth considering crucial events and pivotal words spoken by Jesus.

     During the ‘Last Supper,” the final meal with his beloved disciples, Jesus bent low to wash their feet, giving them an example of servant leadership.

     The word maundy is derived from a Latin word, which means commandment and refers to the commandment Jesus gave to his disciples after washing their feet.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34 NKJV)

     Theologian John Piper says the ‘greatest prayer in the world’[1] was prayed on Maundy Thursday in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus cried,

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me. Yet not my will, but yours be done. (Mark 14:36)

     During the 2019 season of Lent, I read two impactful books: Sharon Hodde Miller Free of Me…Why Life is Better When It’s NOT ABOUT YOU and Self-Forgetfulness…The Path to True Christian Joy by Timothy Keller. (Note: I recommend both books but suggest you first read Keller’s short booklet, which was instrumental in Miller’s insights.)

     Jesus’ prayer in the Garden presents the ultimate example of “self-forgetfulness.”

     While reading these two books, I was reminded first about how preoccupied with me I can be. Secondly, I felt encouraged that despite my tendency toward self-absorption, I see personal growth. I recognize greater willingness to lay aside my will because I sense God is calling me to a purpose beyond that which comes naturally or feels most comfortable.

     May your soul find rest and peace during these final days before Resurrection Sunday.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus,

Forgive me for the ways in which I tend to make life all about me and mine.
Thank you for illustrating on Holy Thursday how to serve others and to submit to God.
I can find no words to express my gratitude for who you are and what you did to bring salvation and spiritual freedom to all who will trust you.

So, all I will say is, THANK YOU!!

Sue Reeve

Mau

  1. http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-greatest-prayer-in-the-world-maundy-thursday

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