Maundy Thursday ushers in the “Three Days” of Christendom along with Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We get to reflect upon the enormous significance of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection on our lives.
The word “Maundy” is from the Latin word “mandatum,” meaning "commandment," Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice.
Maundy Thursday is observed during Holy Week on the Thursday before Easter. Also referred to as "Holy Thursday" or "Great Thursday" in some Christian denominations, Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified.
In essence Maundy Thursday remembers two important biblical events: 1) Before the Passover meal, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. By performing this lowly act of service, the Bible says in John 13:1 that Jesus "showed them the full extent of his love." By his example, Jesus demonstrated how Christians are to love one another through humble service. For this reason, many churches practice foot-washing ceremonies as a part of their Maundy Thursday services. 2) During the Passover meal, Jesus took bread and wine and asked his Father to bless it. He broke the bread into pieces, giving it to his disciples and said, "This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." Then he took the cup of wine, shared it with his disciples and said, "This cup is the New Covenant in my blood.”
At Messiah we try to give a very specific lesson on the blessings of the LORD’S Supper. Our service this year will be on April 5th at 7:15 PM.
The great sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross is the focus on Good Friday. Good Friday is a paradoxical title. We can hardly call it good when our sin caused Jesus’ death on the cross. Yet, there is good. Jesus died on the cross for us and instead of us. Law and Gospel meet at the cross along with sin and grace. One life for the many!
Messiah usually celebrates with an austere service. We try to touch the emotion. Our sins caused him to die, but his love brought forgiveness and remission of our sin.
Join us this Friday April 6th at 7:15 PM.
On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. We believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter. Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.
The biblical account of Jesus' death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture: Matthew 27:27; Matthew 28:8; Mark 15:16; Mark 16:19; Luke 23:26; Luke 24:35; and John 19:16; John 20:30.
We celebrate Easter this year on Sunday April 8th. The following is our schedule:
Easter Sunrise service - 7:30AM
Easter Breakfast - 8: 45– 9:45 AM
Easter Worship - 10:30 AM
Easter Egg Hunt - 11:45 AM