Maundy Thursday is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, as described in the canonical gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.
As I said above, human blood is not what I want to focus on today. Rather, I want to focus our attention on the statement: “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Why? Because Jesus’ blood is essential for us to gain eternal life. I have led congregations all over the world in communion services, and I have often wondered if we really understand the importance of the “Blood of Jesus?” Do we really understand why we take communion?
So, why do we take communion? Is it really that necessary? In an effort to answer that question, I want to build a scriptural/biblical case:
• First, we know that Romans 5:12, says “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
• Second, we know that Romans 8:7-8, says “Because the carnal mind is enmity (meaning hatred) against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
• Third, we know that Romans 6:23, says “The wages of sin is death.”
So, what conclusions can we draw from these verses? First, because of the sin of Adam and Eve, every child that enters this world receives a sin nature. Second, those living a sinful life cannot please God. Third, the final payout for that sin, unless dealt with, is death.
Thank God the story does not end there. As we continue to read the Bible, we know that God has a plan to reconnect with humanity. So, what gives humanity the ability to reconnect with and again please God?
• First, we know that John 3:16, says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
• Second, Romans 5:8-9, says, “But God demonstrated His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
• Third, John 2:2, says: “He is the propitiation (that which takes the place of) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Now, combining the two sets of scriptures, we are left with four final conclusions concerning sin and the blood of Jesus:
• First, by one man (Adam), sin entered the world – this is inescapable.
• Second, those who reject God and remain in sin can neither please God, nor can they receive eternal LIFE with God.
• Third, by one man (Jesus), the sins of the world were taken for those who accept Him.
• Fourth, those who accept and believe in the work Jesus did on the cross, they will receive the necessary covering of their sins, and they will receive eternal LIFE with Him.
This is why Christians celebrate Holy Communion! And it is the reason why Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me!” Is it really necessary? Yes! It absolutely is necessary. We need to be constantly reminded that it is through the blood of Jesus, and only through the blood of Jesus, that God forgives our sins and secures the promise of eternity with Him.
God Bless & Happy Maundy Thursday