No, its not a Mama’s and Papa’s song. On the liturgical calendar, today is Maundy Thursday. Today is remembered as the night that Christ had his Last Supper with his disciples before he then walked to the Mount of Olives, and was later arrested.
I was raised in a non-liturgical church. We didn’t celebrate Maundy Thursday services. I knew nothing about them until I took a part-time job as a church secretary/administrator at a Presbyterian church in the early 90s. Though my demonination does not celebrate these type of remembrances, I find going through the motions of what actually happened on those nights as very interesting. I plan to attend a Good Friday service tomorrow if I can make it out of my office. There are several churches in town that have them, I will just need to look for them.
The only problem I have with these type of services is that many times its more about the service, the pomp and pagentry, then it is about what is really going on. Jesus was definitely not a pomp and pagentry type of guy. I find it difficult to believe that the minister of one of the services tomorrow is going to whip out his towel and bowl of water and begin washing our feet. Besides the fact that most people would probably run screaming from the building because they were touched inappropriately, modern man just isn’t that humble. Don’t be too hard on modern man, though. Ancient man wasn’t that humble either. Peter, the disciple called His Rock, by Jesus, was appalled when, that night, Christ began washing his disciples feet. He told Christ that it was basically below him to be doing this. Christ told Peter he was acting like the devil. Literally. It was bad day for Peter, after all. He got into lots of trouble later that night.
But never put yourself above any of these men when you read the Bible or hear of what they did. These were ordinary men put into extraordinary situations. I only hope I would have a tenth of the strength of Peter or a tiny bit of the love and excitement of John.
So as you go scurrying around trying to find that bag of Reese cup eggs on sale, or that perfect box of Peeps for your Easter baskets, remember this holiday isn’t about the Easter Bunny or chocolate. It’s about the God of the universe lowering himself into the body of “just a guy.” Someone like you and me.
Though, I believe Jesus is the kind of guy that would have loved Reese cup eggs. Don’t you? I know plenty of carpenters and builders who can’t resist and a little PB and Chocolate.
Point is, this holiday is all about Him. Let’s try to keep that way.