The Christian season of Lent (which began on Ash Wednesday) ends the evening of Holy Thursday, also called Maundy Thursday, with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Maundy is a shortened form of the Latin word for command. It is said that Jesus gave his disciples this commandment:
I give you a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. (John 13:34 NAB)
Jesus had just finished washing the feet of the disciples and sharing the “Last Supper” with them.
Many churches celebrate Maundy Thursday with communion services and a foot washing ceremony. These celebrations help Christians reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made and his commandment for us to love and serve others.
After Supper, the Friends travel to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prays. It is here in the garden Jesus is betrayed by his friend, Judas and handed over to the officials so the Easter story can continue.
Before 9 am on what Christians call Good Friday, Jesus was condemned to death.
I have always wondered at the name…it wasn’t so good for Jesus and the other 2 men being crucified today. However, in order to receive the JOY of Easter, Jesus must die for our sins.
Jesus endured torture and humiliation, was forced to carry his cross (with the help of a stranger, Simon of Cyrene) then they killed him by one of the most disgraceful methods of capital punishment known at the time – Crucifixion.
At 3 pm he breathed his last breath. He was taken down and laid in the tomb by 6pm.
Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath. Jesus’ tomb was guarded by soldiers. When the Sabbath ended at 6pm that evening, Jesus’ body was treated with spices for the traditional Jewish burial.
Everything Christian doctrine is based on, is what happened Easter Sunday.
Early that morning, several women went to the tomb where Jesus was buried. They discovered the large stone covering the entrance had been rolled away. An angel appeared and announced to them:
Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. (Matthew 28:5-6 NAB)
The Gospels recount Jesus’ appearance at least 5 times on that first Resurrection Sunday. Easter is the Beginning of Christianity!
As you celebrate Easter with your family may your celebrations be blessed. Thank you for including Homeschool Holiday as a small part of your day!
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