On this Thursday of Easter Week, we remember a New Command from Jesus
Depending on where you live, and your church background, maybe you’ve heard today referred to as “Maundy Thursday”. Well, maundy isn’t really a word we use anymore, so what does it mean? To answer that, we have to go back in time to the last meal Jesus had with His best friends before He would be arrested, and eventually, put to death.
Jesus and his 12 friends got together in the upper room of a guy’s house in Jerusalem to have a meal together. Now, Jesus knew what was about to happen to Him, so he had a specific plan for the evening.
One of the first things Jesus did according to John 13:4-11 is He washed their feet. Usually before dinner, we’re supposed to wash our hands, but what’s up with Jesus washing feet?
Well, as Jesus explained in verses 12 though 15, He was setting an example of how to humbly serve. Jesus set that example so that we would do the same thing for each other.
Later in the chapter, Jesus plainly gives the reason for this lesson when He says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (v. 34, 35).
Most scholars agree that the English word Maundy is derived through Middle English and Old French mandé, from the Latin mandatum, the first word of the phrase "Mandatum novum” which means: “New Commandment” … So, that’s what today is all about, serving others like Jesus did!