April 17—Maundy Thursday—Ezekiel 37:26—Brad Wendel
“I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary among them forevermore.”
Do you know what “Maundy” means? In case you don’t, it comes from the Latin term mandatum which translates in English to “commandment.” Maundy Thursday is also known as Covenant Thursday. Maundy Thursday, the Christian holiday, commemorates the day that Jesus first demonstrated his covenant and gave his last commandments to the disciples at the Last Supper.
That Thursday was a full day. It was Jesus’ last full day alive, and I like to think he suspected that to be the case. It had already been a long, hard week for him in Jerusalem when Thursday morning rolled along. I think Jesus knew that morning, through one means or another, that Judas had agreed to turn him over to the authorities before the week was over. Things were coming together in a way that was looking very bad for Jesus. He could have made a run for it, should have made a run for it, on Thursday. But Jesus stayed … and then he did more.