As Christians, we recognize the solemnity of Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday. Maundy is derived from the latin word for "command" as Jesus stated, "Love one another as I have loved you."
On Holy Thursday Jesus sent Peter and John to the Upper Room to prepare for the Passover Feast. After sunset, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. This humble act is used as an example for believers to love and serve one another as Jesus commanded. Jesus fulfilled prophecy of the Passover Supper as His body was to be broken and His blood shed for our sins. Jesus established the Lord’s Supper or Communion, instructing His disciples to remember His sacrifice using the elements of bread and wine.
And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 22:15-16)
After supper, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. Luke's account is heartrending: "And being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." (Luke 22:44). Adding further torment, Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus with a kiss that very evening and our Lord was arrested by the Sanhedrin. As Jesus' trial was underway, Peter denied knowing Him three times.
What a price Jesus paid! The thought of His suffering, torture and betrayal make me emotional. Because I know I do not deserve an ounce of what He gave. But I'm so very thankful.
58mm | f/8 | ISO 100 | 1/125 sec
Life size marble sculpture at Resthaven Gardens
Baton Rouge, LA