Servant Of All
Archbishop Loren Thomas Hines
April 01, 2021
Readings: Exodus 12: 1-12
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
Luke 22: 14-30
Maundy Thursday. One of the beginnings of the holiest of days in the Holy Week. Holy because He was going to change the world. God gave us instructions on this day to follow a pattern. As we go back to the Old Testament, we see this pattern when God gave instructions on how to sacrifice a lamb. The people were to take a young lamb, without spot or wrinkle to be slayed. The blood was to be placed on the door posts and this is how their lives would be spared. This shows us that Christ is the Lamb that was slain. Blood was shed on our behalf.
He tells Moses, in Exodus 12:11 “This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; It is the Lord’s Passover. On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord.
Exodus 12: 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.”
John 6:53 Jesus said to them, “very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.”
Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”
This is why the wine and the bread which is the blood and body of Christ is a memorial that is to be repeated. He has delivered us from the evil one and it is the beginning of our lives. We are to continue to proclaim His death until His coming. His death was meant for our victory. This is the beauty of God’s gift to us.
During this Passover, He gathered the twelve disciples together with Him, and Judas was among the twelve. Jesus said, “One of you will betray me.” The disciples were confused and began arguing among themselves as to who was the most important. Jesus said, “It is the one who serves who is most important.” He then set the example by showing them a lesson in humility. He rises up from their supper, laid aside the garments, took a towel and girded Himself. And He began to wash the feet of the disciples. Why the feet? Because they are the dirtiest part of the body. He was cleansing these and showing us that we needed to be cleansed. Christ was celebrating the Passover with them
We are to remember this day because Christ was going to deliver all mankind from sin and give us new life.