As I was getting ready on this Thursday, I was greeted by a gray sky and an amount of precipitation falling from the sky. Thank goodness it wasn’t snow. Surely there would have been an outcry if that would be the case. Also it’s hard for snow to exist when it’s 58 degrees outside.
But as I drove in, I couldn’t help but think about what this week represents in the life of the believer. It’s Holy Week. This past Sunday was Palm Sunday. Today is Maundy Thursday. Tomorrow will be Good Friday. Sunday is Easter. This week is a reminder of “why” for so many who believe.
See there’s plenty of documentation about Sunday. There’s lots of clarity on what Good Friday is and what Easter Sunday means. But, then there’s Maundy Thursday. What a day Thursday must have been 2000+ years ago as Jesus spent his final hours before his arrest with his disciples.
I’m not sure what I would have done on the last day of my life, but I can imagine that it would be a bit out of the ordinary. I imagine that there would be a drive to want to do some of the things that I haven’t been able to do. I would guess I’d want to see as many people as I could.
Not the case with Jesus. This morning, I am struck by the words in Luke 22:39:
“And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.”
If you read more into the last days of Jesus, you will see that he did more of what was normal and spent time with the people he was closest to. He taught. He cherished the time with his disciples. And then he did what was normal for him: He went up to pray.
Today is just a rainy day in my world. But it is a Thursday that challenges my default behavior. It challenges my “custom.”
I don’t know about you but the recognition that this custom that Jesus had, not only was good enough for other weeks of his life, it was solid enough to be part of this Holy Week. I want my customs to be “Holy Week” solid. There is a lot here, but I don’t intend to preach. I am just so thankful that I have the opportunity to know what was going on in Jesus’ life leading up to Good Friday.
Happy Maundy Thursday. Sunday is coming.