Posted by Andrew VanderPloeg
Today is Maundy Thursday - the day in which the Christian church commemorates four events that occurred on the day and night before Jesus was crucified:
- The washing of the Disciples' Feet by Jesus Christ
- The Last Supper and as such the institution of the Communion sacrament
- The agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane
- The betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot
And it is the custom of many Christian churches to gather tonight to observe these events. Many other churches will gather tomorrow in observance of Good Friday – the day Jesus was crucified. In either case, today and tomorrow we commemorate the two darkest days in the Christian calendar.
But we have the happy circumstance of being able to observe these dark events in anticipation of the joy celebrated on Easter Sunday and Monday as we then take an opportunity to remember Jesus’ victory over death when he was resurrected to life.
And so, beyond the fact that Good Friday is a statutory holiday, tomorrow and Easter Monday are days that we close our offices to focus not only on Jesus’ death and resurrection, but in so doing, to also be reminded of the reason that we do the work that we do. It is our deepest and most sincere desire to use our gifts for His glory in our families, with our friends and in the work that we do on a daily basis. It really is the least we can offer in thanks for what God did in sending His Son to die on a cross to save us from our sins.
Our prayer for you this Easter is that if you are a believer, that you would be blessed in your own personal commemoration of the greatest sacrifice of all time. And if a relationship with Jesus Christ isn’t yet something that you claim to have, I want to encourage you to consider this video. I hope it’s of use to you.
Have a Blessed Easter!