March 24, 2005 - Maundy Thursday

“And so if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that as I have done for you also you should do.” (St. John 13:1-15)

In the name of Jesus.  Amen.  Dr. Luther wrote, “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.  A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all,subject to all,” (AE 31:344).

Behold how free Jesus is!  After instituting, mandating His Supper, He got up, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.  After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.

How free!  He knew that the Father had put all things into His hands.  He knew that He had come from God and was going to return to His Father tomorrow.  So what does He do?  He loved His own, loved them to the end and loves them by serving them.  He is Lord of Heaven and Earth, and He serves us!

We aren’t very good at serving others, are we?  We are better at pushing ourselves forward, putting ourselves first.  We do this because we aren’t free!  We are stuck in the slavery of trying to gain more from people, get more from this world, and get ahead.

What we need is freedom!  We need Christ’s freedom!  His forgiveness will free us from the slavery to our sins.

Receive the Lord’s Supper today!  At His Supper, Jesus delivers all that He won on the Cross. All things are His, so all things are yours!  His freedom becomes your freedom from slavery.  His life becomes your life.  His salvation becomes your salvation from the suffering and hell you deserve.

Maundy Thursday is “Mandate” Thursday, the day we celebrate our Lord’s mandate and institution of His Supper and His command to love one another as He has loved us.

Jesus shows His love to us in putting us before Himself.  He washes His disciples’ feet and feeds them His Body and Blood for the forgiveness of sins.  Then, we are truly free, even free enough to serve and wash the feet of others.  In the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

“O Lord God, who has left unto us in a wonderful Sacrament a memorial of Thy Passion, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may so use this Sacrament of Thy Body and Blood that the fruits of Thy redemption may continually be manifest in us; Thou, Who liveth, and reigneth, with you and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.” (the Collect for Maundy Thursday)

Higher Things Reflections are written by Rev. George F. Borghardt III, Assistant Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Conroe, TX.