Passover to the Lord’s Supper
‘Maundy Thursday’ is the Thursday of Holy Week when Christians remember Jesus eating the Passover meal with his disciples and bringing ‘the Lord’s Supper’ to life. Some Christians mark this day with foot-washing services. Others partake in different kinds of celebratory and commemorative meals. In the Old Testament and gospels we read about the Passover meal as one of the Jewish festivals. It was a mandated observance for all Jewish people. This identity-forming shared practice helped them remember God’s story. The meal is intended to be a kind of living story.
Because Jesus came, Christians don’t have to observe Passover annually the way we see the festivals celebrated throughout Scripture. In fact, Jesus gave us a new celebratory meal when he came – the Lord’s supper or communion. We, as ‘gentiles’ who have been grafted into Jesus’ whakapapa, are still connected to the remembrance and celebration in both of these stories through Jesus himself. And we can learn about the same God who delivered his people from slavery in Egypt by sitting down and reflecting on some of these traditions.
On this strange Thursday of Holy Week, when Christians around the world are not gathering in person, some of our community gathered online today to remember the Exodus story and share the Lord’s supper together. We enjoyed this meal, remembering that Jesus was Jewish and would have grown up sharing this feast with his family every year. And in the middle of his context, he offered Christians a way to join in with God’s ongoing story of redemption and renewal by giving us a new Passover meal – the eucharist, the Lord’s supper, communion.
We wanted to share this resource with you – for perusing or for participating! Have a read, or go ahead and follow this script and bring it to life within your bubble.
Here is a piece of music if you would like to reflect on the events of Jesus’ Thursday by listening. The Latin words mean Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world grant us peace. Agnus Dei by Rufus Wainwright