Maundy Thursday 4/1/10

Out of the Shadows

John 13:1-9, 31b-35

  1. Maundy/Holy Thursday
    1. The Last Supper
    2. The Washing of the Feet
    3. The New Commandment
  2. Feet in the Bible
    1. Exodus 3:5 – Take off your sandals…

“A sign of respect and humility in the ancient Near East … This practice is still followed by Muslims before entering a mosque.  The ground was not holy by nature but was made so by the divine presence.  Holiness involves being consecrated to the Lord’s service and thus being separated from the commonplace.[1]

  1. Psalm 119:105 – A lamp unto my feet …
  2. Matthew 10:14 – Shake the dust off your feet…

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.  “A symbolic act practiced by the Pharisees when they left a ceremonially unclean Gentile area.  Here is represented an act of solemn warning to those who rejected God’s message.”

  1. Romans 10:15 – “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

“This is a quote from Isaiah 52:7, which refers to those who bring the exiles the good news of their imminent release from captivity in Babylonia.  Here it is applied to gospel preachers who bring the good news of release from captivity to sin.”

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:21 – The head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

“The principle here is the interdependence of the parts of the body in the one whole.  Christians in the body of Christ are mutually dependent as they exercise their distinctive functions.”

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:25 – For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

This is an eschatological, end-times, understanding that Christ will reign using an OT figure for conquest.  “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”

The New Commandment

Bending to Wash
The Feet of the Disciples
Jesus Shows Us Love

Out of the Shadows

Human Frailty
Betrays us without consent
Jesus Christ, Save us! 

Jesus enters the shadows and destroys the power of darkness.


[1] All quotations are taken from the Scripture Notes in the NIV Study Bible.


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