The Last Supper by Nicolas Poussin

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

Luke 22:24-38

  • 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)

John 18:13-14