Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday, is the Thursday before Easter. “Maundy” comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means “mandate” or “commandment”.
“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34.
In an upper room, Jesus prepared both Himself and His disciples for His death. He gave the Passover meal a new meaning. The bread and wine now represented His body soon to be sacrificed and His blood soon to be shed.
Afterwards, they sang a hymn and went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed in agony, knowing what lay ahead of Him.
- Passover preparations
Matt. 26:17-20; Mark 14:12-17; Luke 22:7-13; John 13:1
- Last Supper: Observance of Passover – Jesus washes His disciples’ feet in the Upper Room. The service of love is a constant cleansing of one’s walk and life.
Matt. 26:17-35; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-16; John 13:2-17
- Jesus foretells His betrayal
Matt. 26:21-24; Mark 14:18-21; Luke 22:21-23; John 13:18-29
- Judas Iscariot’s response
Matt. 26:25; Mark 14:20; Luke 22:23; John 13:30
- Institution of Lord’s Supper
Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20
- Foretelling of Peter’s denial
Matt. 26:33-35; Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-34; John 13:36-38
- Dispute about greatness and supplies for the road
- Jesus’ Upper Room discourses
Christ the way, truth, life – John 14:1-15
Promises the Comforter – John 14:16-31
The vine and the branches – John 15:1-27
Jesus’ going and returning – John 16:1-33
Intercessory prayer – John 17:1-26
- Jesus prays at Gethsemane. He prayed in agony and an angel came to strengthen Him. His agony is the basis of our salvation.
Matt. 26:36-45; Mark 14:32-41; Luke 22:39-46; John 18:1
- Jesus’ betrayal and arrest. Judas was not the first to plot against Jesus, but he was the first to “deliver him over”.
Matt. 26:46-55; Mark 14:42-49; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:2-14
- The scattering of the disciples
Matt. 26:31, 56; Mark 14:27, 50; John 16:29-33
- Jesus before Annas (ex-high priest)