A Lent Devotion (Week 6) : "Maundy Thursday"
By Pastor: Kris Beckert
Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.” –John 19:34-37
Your test becomes your testimony.
Testimony. What’s yours? What story can you tell of Jesus’ work in your life and the hope and new life he has brought you? It’s different for many of us. Some of us have been through such trials that remembering them makes our head spin. Some of us have been transformed from the inside-out, different people now than we were before. Some of us have seen Jesus work miracles, while others have seen light brought out of darkness. But regardless of your story, your testimony tells of the truth of Jesus Christ.
The apostle John, one of Jesus’ closest buddies, shares his account of Jesus’ crucifixion as an eyewitness. He tells of how God’s promises continue to be carried out even after Jesus’ body lies motionless on the cross. John is not making up stories and has no reason to; if you were writing a fairytale about a God-man Savior, wouldn’t you share his strength and heroism rather than weakness and being struck with a spear while dead? John was there—in this dark time, in this pain, in this grief. And he shares it because it is all a part of his testimony of who Jesus is.
What’s your testimony? Today is Maundy Thursday, called “maundy” from the Anglo-French word derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “command.” It refers to the time during Jesus’ Last Supper when he said to the disciples: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” How have you experienced Jesus’ love in a real way? What is your eyewitness account—why do you believe?