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Jesus’ Final Mandates (Maundy Thursday)

Again, welcome to the Great Three Days of Jesus’ journey from death into life.

It begins with Maundy Thursday.
Maundy is derived from the Latin for mandate (command).

It is on this evening that the church universal reflects on the three final mandates that Jesus the Christ gave to his disciples during their final Passover, final dinner, final evening before his arrest, trial, conviction, passion, crucifixion, and death.

The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) differ from the Gospel of John.
Since our assigned scripture is John and offers two of the mandates, let us begin with it.

Jesus and the disciples gather for the Passover celebration.

Foot washing was a common practice of hospitality in the ancient near east, but it was an extremely dirty task which causes me to physically cringe due to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It was not merely feet, but rather feet that had walked miles, in sandals, in the hot desert sand and dirt. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 9, 2020 in Sermons


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Maundy Thursday: the Mandates

We entered into Holy Week, the journey towards Jesus’ arrest, trial, passion, crucifixion and death on Sunday welcoming him into Jerusalem as our rabbi, prophet, and king.

According to scripture, Jesus entered into the Temple chasing out those conducting business, flipping over the tables of the money changers, and teaching that the Temple had been transformed from a house of prayer into a den of robbers.

Historians argue that the account is embellished because of the ‘Pax Romana’ (Peace of Rome) policy paired with increased military presence due to the Jewish festival of Passover. If the account is not embellished, Jesus would have been arrested and contained immediately for disputing the peace.

Yet, Jesus acted in a manner that incited the religious elite, because the chief priests and scribes spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday attempting to entrap Jesus in a punishable teaching, hopefully one punishable by death.

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Posted by on April 18, 2019 in Sermons


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What the Heck is Maundy Thursday?

Text(s): Matthew 26: 21-29, Mark 14: 18-25, Luke 22: 15-23, and John 13: 1-20.

On Sunday, we entered into Holy Week. We entered into the experience and the journey to the Passion, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus the Christ.

On Sunday, we welcomed Christ into our midst, waving palm branches, while the symbols of Christ were ushered into the sanctuary: the cross, the waters of baptism, the chalet and plate, the Holy Scriptures, and light. This was a greeting, a welcome that was fit for a king.

In the gospel accounts, Christ enters the Temple in Jerusalem. He drives out those conducting business, the venders and consumers alike. He flips over the tables of the money changers. He teaches about the corruption of the Temple into a den of robbers instead of the intended house of prayer.

This intense, pivotal moment in the gospel accounts is embellished for dramatic effect. The historical reality is that the dramatic scene was milder, perhaps symbolic, because, the Roman authorities were suspicious of the multitude of Jewish people traveling into Jerusalem to celebration the Passover. Their suspicion was firmly rooted in previous revolt attempts. The Roman authorities had increased the military, security forces in Jerusalem for this festival. Thus, if the depicted scene occurred, Jesus would have been arrested and contained immediately for disputing the peace.

Yet, Jesus’ actions in the Temple most have merited the attention of the Jewish religious authorities, because the chief priests and their scribes approach Jesus and question the source of his authority to teach, to preach, and to heal. Jesus employs wit, I imagine with a grin, avoids providing an answer to their question, and then departs to Bethany for the evening.

This pivotal encounter ignited the chief priests and scribes to conspire against this Rabbi, this prophet Jesus of Nazareth.

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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Sermons


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