Unspeakable Joy Devotional

April 18th

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Holy Thursday. Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper.

Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and instituted the Last Supper, also called Communion. Matthew 26:27-29 “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered 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 of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility. John 13:6-17 “He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Holy Thursday also known as Maundy Thursday, the word maundy derived from the Latin word “command”. It refers to the command Jesus gave to His disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another.

Later that evening in Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed with a kiss by Judas and arrested by the Sanhedrin. He was taken to the home of the High Priest, where the council had gathered in making their case against Jesus. Meanwhile, in the early morning hours, as Jesus’ trial was getting underway, Peter denied his Master three times before the rooster crowed.

Matthew 26:20-24 “When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.” They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely not I, 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.”

Now even His loyal twelve had left. And at last we hear Him cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:34. Not only had He been forsaken by His human companions, but now in that desperate and lonely hour, He-because He was bearing our sins in His own body on the cross-had been forsaken by God. Jesus was enduring the suffering and judgement of hell for you and for me.

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