Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus’ mandate to celebrate what we have come to know as Holy Communion. Maundy is a Latin word meaning “command.” The “Last Supper” connects us to the Exodus – deliverance from slavery and now, Jesus is going to deliver us from the slavery to sin. We remember what God has done in the past, is doing today, and what he has done for us for the future.
The Passover meal ‘remembers’ or retells the account of the Exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Each of the four cops of ceremonial wine consumed during the meal recount the actions God took in delivering his people.
- Cup of sanctification
- Cup of deliverance
- Cup of Redemption
- Cup of praise
The journey of the cross didn’t begin with Jesus, it began when Moses led the people out of Egypt. This is the continuity of the Bible as each time we experience Holy Communion, we experience the pain and joy of the Israelites in exodus and Jesus on the way to the cross. God’s faithfulness to his promises is lived out in both celebrations. The “New Covenant” Jesus introduced also sets the stage for Holy Friday and Easter morning.