Maundy Thursday 2020

Posted on 10 Apr 2020, Pastor: Randy Sturzenbecher

John 13:1-15 English Standard Version (ESV)
Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet
13 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

Maundy Thursday, April 9th, 2020  FB live sermon only.

The 6th petition And lead us not into temptation.

God gives gifts. There is no doubt about that.  Sometimes He gives gifts that move us so He can give us more gifts. 

In the OT lesson for tonight, Israel is at the end of a series of 10 miracles or plagues depending on which side of the receiving fence you were on.  For Israel, they saw Gods’ mighty power.  They saw gnats and frogs and flies and rivers of blood.  They saw burning hail, livestock dying, boils, heavy hail, Locust, then darkness.  All these miracles of God affected Egypt but not God’s people Israel.

Imagine that.  Watching darkness or hail or livestock dying in all of Egypt but in the land where God’s people lived there was peace.  Imagine seeing people living in fear and grieving loss after loss and you are at peace.  You are not fearful.   

The 10th miracle requires some preparation from God’s people.  Take a lamb perfect and spotless and sacrifice it at twilight.   Take the blood and put it on the door sides and the top.  Roast the lamb and eat it also.  When the angel of death comes to kill the firstborn of Egyptian man and animal it will pass over you. 

9 times before Israel had been spared, there was no reason to doubt God would continue to keep His promises to them.

The angel of death came that night.  The firstborn of man and animal died. But not those who were protected by the blood and body of the lamb.  The angel of death passed over and they remembered.   Every year on the same night Israel gathered to remember.  God had saved His people by blood and body of a Lamb. 

Tonight, our Lord and His disciples gathered to celebrate the Passover.  No preparation needed from them at all.  Jesus gives His good and precious gifts completely.  We receive. 

Jesus took bread, broke it and gave it to His disciples, “Take and eat this is MY body which is for you”!  Do this in remembrance of me.  25In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Tonight is the night of a new covenant, a new testament a last will and testament for tomorrow the Lamb of God that comes to take away the sins of the world will be sacrificed.  No more remembering how God was faithful,  now they would see and receive Jesus being faithful.  The perfect holy Son of God shedding His blood as a one time sacrifice for all mankind. 

For us too. When we receive Jesus in the Lord’s Supper, we see Him in with and under the bread and wine being faithful.  Take and eat this is My Body shed for you.  Not sacrificed each time we eat and drink but proof that He is risen.  He is victorious over death because by His own words He assures us He is with us in His supper.   This IS MY body.   Not this represents my Body.  Not this is kind of like my body.  Not this is MY Body spiritually.  This is My body risen from the dead for you.  Right here.  Right now the victory over every enemy that could and should claim you to death has been defeated by Jesus who comes to you. 

Take and drink this is the blood of the new covenant.  This blood, Jesus’ blood is a clear and present promise that He is with us.  Dead crucified men have no blood.  There is no life without blood. 

Take and drink this is the cup of the New Testament in my blood.  This risen from the dead Jesus is present here with us in His Body and Blood.  His body beaten and bloody has atoned for, paid for your sin. 

When we receive this precious gift of Jesus we remember.  We remember His death for us.  We remember His resurrection. Jesus present here in His Holy Supper is proof that death could not hold Him. 

Every time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper it’s like an Easter celebration all over again.  We need that, often. Because the temptations, trials, and tribulations that are part of our everyday life keep plaguing us.   

In the gift of the Lord’s Supper is hidden the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer.   And lead us not into temptation.   When our Lord comes to us in His Body and Blood we receive forgiveness of sins won and delivered to us through His Cross. 

We also receive the strengthening of our faith.  We live in a broken diseased world where the devil never stops.  He is a master of opportunity.  Anything that we fear he holds in front of us to pull our eyes off the cross, off our hope and confidence.   He puts pride in front of the perfectionist.  He puts arrogance in front of the knowledgeable.  He holds up defeat before the eyes of the broken.  All to keep us off-balance, out of sorts and away from God’s precious gift of Word and Sacrament. 

Dr. Luther writes “We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice.  That is the same thing that happens when we receive the Lord’s Supper.”

Jesus gives us gifts.  We receive.  His Holy Word where we see the Gospel, Jesus going to the cross for us.  Suffering bleeding dying all so we would be free from sin’s demand of death. 

In the Lord’s Supper Jesus, the real risen in-person body and blood Jesus comes to us again. Pointing us back to His resurrection and ours.   Strengthening our faith so we can resist the temptations that would pull our eyes off of Jesus. 

Now for a little while, God has us fasting from the Lord’s Supper.  For a time we cannot gather as the body of Christ and receive our King’s true Body and Blood.   But we are not without means.  We are not without gifts.   We have His Word.  We have His prayer and we pray. Lead us not into temptation, knowing He will be faithful. 

In the Name of +Jesus+ Amen.