THURSDAY 9TH APRIL, 2020 (MAUNDY THURSDAY)
THEME: THE BETRAYER
PASSAGE: MARK 14:12-26
HYMN: MHB 773 ‘BY CHRIST redeemed, to Christ restored’
MEMORY VERSE: Mark 14:18 “Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me.”
Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper -It was on the night before the arrest leading to His crucifixion. This was a special feast, not only because it was Jesus’ last, but also because it was the last Passover in the Old Testament. The feast commemorates the Jews’ exit from slavery in Egypt. The feast was to be held yearly from generation to generation by the Israelites. In the New Testament, Jesus is our Passover Lamb, by whom death and Hell will pass over all who believe in Christ and live for Him.
It was at this Passover while eating with His disciples that Holy Week, that Jesus mentioned that someone among them would betray Him. Surprisingly, the fellow was also eating and fellowshipping with Him! He joined in the prayer and the singing of the hymn, yet his heart was bent on betrayal. How terrible the heart of man is! No wonder God regretted creating man (Gen 6:7)!
The betrayer, Judas Iscariot, was a member of Christ’s Executive because he was the Treasurer. He was also one of the 12 Apostles in the Bible! He left them to betray Jesus! In our world today, several ‘Judases’ exist. They dine with us, enter into our private rooms and attend the same Church with us. They are always very close to us. Beware! You may be in the midst of betrayers. However, you do not need to be worried because if you remain true in your attachment to Jesus, their cases will end in shame like that of Judas Iscariot.
Take heed this Holy Thursday not to be a Judas, a betrayer of Christ, by the things you say or do, the places you go and the excesses that you allow. Do not be the next Judas, too.
PRAYER: Deliver me, Oh Lord, from traitors who appear as friends. Let me never be a traitor, too. Amen.
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