Daily Devotion Thusday, March 28 - Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 28, 2013 Maundy Thursday

Psalm 102; Jeremiah 20:7-11 (12-13) 14-18; 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32 and John 17:1-11 (12-26)

Today, I invite you to hear the prayer Jesus prayed for his disciples, for us, for the body past and present. One of my goals is to live out Jesus’ prayer by celebrating how we (all the different parts of Christ’s body) are one. Hear now Jesus’ prayer for his followers. Read it out loud so you can sense Jesus praying this prayer unto his Heavenly Father.

John 17:1-11 (12-26) – 6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

20“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Amen. May we live that this might be so.

In preparation for our sharing in the Lord’s Supper this Maundy Thursday evening, hear this from 1st Corinthians. If you are not able to join others for a Maundy Thursday service, as you eat some bread this day simply think of all Christ has done for you. You might break off a piece of the bread you eat, to symbolize Christ’s body given for you.

1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32 – 16The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

Today, meditate upon Jesus sitting down with his disciples and breaking bread and lifting up the cup. Little did they know how important this would become for them, for us, for all followers of Christ.

O God, thanks be to you for the sacrament of Holy Communion. Prepare our hearts, minds and soul for our partaking of Christ’s body broken for us and of the cup which is the cup of salvation. Forgive us for how divided your body is this day. Help us mend it’s brokenness and find a way to feast together and serve your holy name together. Amen.


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