Maundy Thursday. Have you ever wondered why it’s called Maundy Thursday? Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means command. It’s a reference to when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, then commanded them to "love one another" as he had loved them. Love entails service and sacrifice, and Jesus gave us the perfect example of both. He served his disciples by washing their feet (a filthy job a servant would normally do) only hours before his arrest and death. And he sacrificed his life out of abundant love not only for his disciples, but for all people.
Christ the King sacrificially served his followers because he loved them, but also because he wanted them to become more like him. He also loves you and wants you to become more like him. Jesus wants you to follow his example of loving other people through service and sacrifice. The only way you can do that is as an overflow that comes from personally knowing Christ’s deep love for you.
Read John 13:1–35 again and study it using the SPECK method for Bible study.
SINS TO AVOID
Make a list of any sins—wrong actions, attitudes, or thoughts—mentioned in the passage.
PROMISES TO CLAIM
Make a list of the promises in this passage. Promises give us confidence when we doubt God or face difficult times.
EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW
What examples do you find in the passage? Is there a right way of thinking or acting
described in the passage that you should take as an example for your life?
COMMANDS TO OBEY
Write out all the commands you find. If a passage encourages you to take a certain action, take it as a command and write it down.
KNOWLEDGE OF GOD TO APPLY
What does the passage tell you about God that you can apply to your daily life? God’s
character shines throughout Scripture.