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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

This Is My Body

Have you ever thought of Jesus’ feelings as He faced His destiny? He knew the end of His life on earth was going to be like no other. He came to live, die and be resurrected. Jesus did a lot of new things on Maundy Thursday because it would be His last day with the disciples. Jesus began the traditional Passover dinner by washing the feet of each of the twelve disciples. He had never done this before because normally a servant would wash the dusty feet of guests arriving for a meal. I cannot imagine having the King of Kings wash my feet.


Jesus also talked about the sacrament of the blood and wine for the first time. The disciples had never heard of eating flesh. Jesus also told them of a new gift, the Holy Spirit which meant although He would not be beside them, He would be inside them. Jesus gave them a new commandment to love one another. John 13: 34, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."


We do not have to wait for Jesus to come back to experience His peace, we can have it now. Jesus told his disciples that peace was the last gift He would give them. John 14: 27, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."


On this Maundy Thursday, as believers, we can use this time to walk with Jesus in his final days and hours.


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