Daily Devotion Maundy Thursday, April 17

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Psalm 102; Lamentations 2:10-18; 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32 and Mark 14:12-25

Today is Maundy Thursday. On this day we remember how our Lord sat down with his disciples and broke the bread and shared the cup. This is a day of remembering yet also for celebrating anew this sacrament which our Lord has given unto us.

So, I invite each of us to begin even now to prepare for our receiving of the Lord’s Supper.

Psalm 102 – 25  Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26  They will perish, but you endure;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You change them like clothing, and they pass away;
27       but you are the same, and your years have no end.
28  The children of your servants shall live secure;
their offspring shall be established in your presence.

Then in Mark we hear this;

Mark 14:12-25 – 16 So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.  ….

During their sharing of the Passover meal, Jesus or one of the disciples probably shared this reading from Exodus 12:1-14 – http://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/2014/4/20/#first-reading

Mark 14:22 While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

In our reading from 1 Corinthians we hear;

1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32 – 11:28 Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

So at this time I invite you to examine yourself. Sense your need for a relationship with one who would give his life that we might have life. Sense Jesus sitting down with you and encountering you and offering you the abundant life he offers to all.

Prepare yourself to receive this meal given unto us. We gather at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall for our Maundy Thursday worship service. A time for remembering, a time for celebrating anew all Christ did for us and offers us.

O God, prepare all your people for the celebrating of all you did for us in Christ. Open us up to the miracle of your grace given unto us. May your people near and far gather to remember your breaking of the bread and your sharing of the cup, our meal of remembrance of your great sacrifice for us. Amen.

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