05 Apr

Holy Thursday

Posted by Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe

During Holy Week, we focus on the day of Thursday, known in conventional terms as Holy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. This day recognizes Jesus the Christ’s Last Supper or Meal with his Twelve Disciples. The meal represents the concept of sharing among friends. Biblical scholars believe that Jewish dinners like Jesus and his apostles would likely have used terra cotta pottery or stone vessels for their meal, sharing food while they reclined on carpets and cushions. And strict seating arrangements at the time would mean that Jesus’ most important guests were seated to his right and left.

 Since the Gospels note that the meal included at least bread and wine, they hypothesize that the meal could have taken place at Passover. This is corroborated by the Gospel of Mark, which notes that the Last Supper took place during the “feast…of unleavened bread”.

The disciples who documented this feast came from all walks of life. Some were more educated than others while others possessed greater knowledge of the Jewish law. Jesus purposely selected men and women to follow Him who came from all walks of life. We cannot forget that women were His greatest financial supporters.  Women like Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Susanna financially backed His movement, making it possible for travels to occur, meals to be provided, and even a proper burial after crucifixion to be held.

Jesus welcomed all because He knew that it would take all to carry out the mission God had in store for Him. He did not cast away anyone because of who they were or the sins they had committed. In fact, He greeted the sinner with open arms so that God the Father could be glorified. The Gospel of John, chapter 13 reminds us all of this fact. The King of King bows down to serve others. He washes the feet of His disciples in order to demonstrate that, as King, He can serve others before others serve Him. We can learn from what Jesus shows us. In John 13:14-17, Jesus the Christ proclaims:  14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” If the Lord and King of All can serve others, then who are we not to serve one another?

This is the central lesson for us to remember. We are God’s children and He is our Father. We are here to serve Him. The purpose He has for each and everyone of us is centered on Him. We are charged with living a life of hopefulness in this Easter season that the God we now serve will rise again! Our life must reflect His Life, Death, and Resurrection. From this point on, what kind of life will you decide to live? Are you going to live a life of hopelessness or a life of hopefulness?