Luke 22:14-23

During the season of Lent our devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s writer is Pastor Tan.

When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” Then they began to ask one another, which one of them it could be who would do this. Luke 22:14-23

Today is Maundy Thursday. The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command.” It refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 33:34).

How did Jesus demonstrate his love for his disciples on the day when he was betrayed and arrested?  He washed his disciple’s feet. He also shared the last meal with them and said to them, “Take and eat, this is my body.” and “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Tonight, as you come to the Lord’s Table, remember that the bread is Jesus’ body and the wine is his blood. Jesus’ body was broken so that we may be made whole. He shed his blood so that we can live and live abundantly. That is love in its highest form.

My boys go to Herod Elementary School. The school is named after Texas Air National Guard Captain Gary L. Herod. There are two bronze plaques that tell the story of Capt. Herod.

On the night of March 15, 1961, shortly after takeoff from Ellington Field, Herod experienced complete engine failure. Although he could have ejected safely, he remained with the plane to “guide it through an overcast sky to crash beyond densely populated Houston, and in so doing he heroically sacrificed his life”.

On the top of one plaque is engraved Jesus’ words, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” – John 15:13

Prayer: Holy Jesus, you died for me and for the whole humanity to show us what love is and what love does. Help me to live a life worthy of your sacrificial love. Amen.

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