A Holy Week Meditation And Blessing
“This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1Corinthians 11:25
Traditionally the period of time between Palm Sunday and Easter is designated within the Church as Holy Week. Unlike Christmas it is an actual time in the year that corresponds historically with the events recorded in the scriptures. Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey with children and a crowd waving Palm branches and shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” was and is today still celebrated in relationship to Passover.
It was on the Feast of Passover (the Jewish Celebration of God’s grace saving all the house of Israel while they were in captivity in Egypt whose doorpost and Lentils were sprinkled with the blood of a spotless lamb, from the Judgment of death that killed all the first born of the house of the Egyptians) that Jesus sat down with His disciples to keep the feast.
Maundy Thursday is the time when many believers celebrate communion with a particular emphasis on the two commandments that Jesus gave His disciples at that Last Supper, sometimes also referred to as the Eucharist (Thanksgiving), the Lord’s Table, Holy Communion.
Maundy means commandment and it refers to Jesus washing the disciples feet and commanding that they do likewise to one another thus demonstrating their love for one another. The second and greater commandment was to commune together with the breaking of bread and drinking of the cup (the third cup of Passover, the Ha-Geulah, the cup of the Passover Lamb) the wine in remembrance of His death (burial resurrection and ascension).
Of this third cup, the cup of Redemption, Jesus said,
“This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
For the disciples at the table that day remembering was part of their physical, personal experience. They saw, they touched, they connected to the events of this week in a very real and dynamic way and they believed. They were blessed but Jesus said of us that we are more blessed because we have not seen and yet believe.