Maundy Thursday: Scripture Reading, Video, Devotion, Prayer, and Music
17 wAnd when it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And asthey were reclining at table and eating, xJesus said, “Truly, I sayto you, one of you will betray me, yone who is eating with me.”19 They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another,“Is it I?” 20 He said to them, “It is zone of the twelve, yone who isdipping bread into the dish with me. 21 For the Son of Man goesaas it is written of him, but bwoe to that man by whom the Son ofMan is betrayed! cIt would have been better for that man if he hadnot been born.”
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
22 dAnd as they were eating, he took bread, and after eblessingit broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; fthis is my body.”23 And he took a cup, and when he had ggiven thanks he gave it tothem, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, f“This is myhblood of the3 covenant, which is poured out for imany. 25 Truly,I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until thatday when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
26 jAnd when they had sung a hymn, kthey went out to ltheMount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away,for it is written, ‘I will mstrike the shepherd, and the sheep will bescattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, nI will go before you toGalilee.” 29 oPeter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, Iwill not.” 30 And pJesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this verynight, before qthe rooster crows twice, you will deny me threetimes.” 31 But rhe said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I willnot deny you.” And they all said the same.
The High Priestly Prayer
17 When Jesus had spoken these words, mhe lifted up hiseyes to heaven, and said, “Father, nthe hour has come;oglorify your Son that the Son may pglorify you, 2 since qyou havegiven him authority over all flesh, rto give eternal life to allswhom you have given him. 3 tAnd this is eternal life, uthat theyknow you, vthe only wtrue God, and xJesus Christ whom you havesent. 4 I yglorified you on earth, zhaving accomplished the workthat you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, aglorify me in your ownpresence with the glory bthat I had with you cbefore the worldexisted.
6 d“I have manifested your name to the people ewhom you gaveme out of the world. fYours they were, and you gave them to me,and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everythingfthat you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them gthewords that you gave me, and they have received them and havecome to know in truth that hI came from you; and ithey havebelieved that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. jI am notpraying for the world but for those kwhom you have given me, forlthey are yours. 10 mAll mine are yours, and yours are mine, and nIam glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but otheyare in the world, and pI am coming to you. qHoly Father, rkeepthem in your name, swhich you have given me, tthat they may beone, ueven as we are one. 12 vWhile I was with them, I kept themin your name, which you have given me. I have wguarded them,and xnot one of them has been lost except ythe son of destruction,zthat the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now aI am coming toyou, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have bmyjoy fulfilled in themselves. 14 cI have given them your word, anddthe world has hated them ebecause they are not of the world,fjust as I am not of the world. 15 I gdo not ask that you htake themout of the world, but that you ikeep them from jthe evil one.116 kThey are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.17 lSanctify them2 in the truth; myour word is truth. 18 nAs yousent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 Andofor their sake pI consecrate myself,3 that they also qmay besanctified4 in truth.
20 “I do not rask for these only, but also for those swho willbelieve in me through their word, 21 tthat they may all be one, justas you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that uthey also may be invus, so that the world wmay believe that you have sent me. 22 xTheglory that you have given me yI have given to them, tthat they maybe one even as we are one, 23 zI in them and you in me, athat theymay become perfectly one, bso that the world may know that yousent me and cloved them even as dyou loved me. 24 Father, I desirethat they also, whom you have given me, may be ewith me fwhereI am, gto see my glory that you have given me because you lovedme hbefore the foundation of the world. 25 iO righteous Father,even though jthe world does not know you, I know you, and theseknow that you have sent me. 26 kI made known to them yourname, and I will continue to make it known, that the love lwithwhich you have loved me may be in them, and mI in them.”
The Hour Had Come (David Mathis)
Now the hour has come. All history hinges on this hour. And it is utterly terrifying. Jesus must decide: Will he protect his own skin, and soul, or will he embrace his Father’s perfect and painful will?
His dying had begun long before this hour, but now in Gethsemane, he must face the death to self that comes before the death at Calvary. Never has a soul been in such anguish. Never has a human been so undeserving of divine wrath. Never has anyone else faced such horror, to be made sin on behalf of others — to put himself forward in our place.
A Prayer for Thursday of Holy Week (Scotty Smith)
Lord Jesus, it’s the day of Holy Week we call today Maundy, or “Mandate” Thursday—a day crammed full of glory and overflowing with grace. Israel’s Passover will become the Lord’s Supper—your supper. The entire Old Covenant system of perpetual temple sacrifices would soon be fulfilled by the once-and-for-all sacrifice of your perfect life (Heb. 10:12). Indeed, “behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”