In the church calendar, the Thursday before Easter is Maundy Thursday. It’s set aside to remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word for “command.” At this supper, Jesus commanded his disciples to love and serve one another, and demonstrated it by washing their feet.
We forget for the disciples, this was Passover -- when Jews remember God rescuing His people from Egypt, as described in Exodus. At this Supper, Jesus revealed Himself as the fulfillment of that event. It’s His broken body and shed blood, we are to remember.
So, is Christianity service or salvation? This divided the church in the 20th century and still does today. But, it’s both. On the same night, Jesus commands us to remember that we need rescue by his broken body and spilt blood, and to show we have been rescued by loving and serving each other.
(This broadcast originally aired on April 21, 2011)