“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”
1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
Falling under the shadow of Good Friday, and in the midst of a busy week, Maundy Thursday is easy to overlook. My calendar doesn’t label it, and few churches celebrate even though it is probably the oldest of the Holy Week observances.
This day we commemorate the Last Supper. The Lord Jesus was the host of this last Passover observance with his disciples. Traditionally the meal would begin with the youngest member of the participants asking the question, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” I hope you will pause with me today and consider this very question.