Remembering the Day Before Good Friday


evt_ViaDolorosaA new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (John 13:34)

As we look toward the cross of Good Friday and the open tomb of Easter morn, Pastor Benjamin Cole, writing in ABPNEWS.com, looks from a Baptist perspective at the events that took place on the day known as Maunday Thursday. It was the last night our Lord spent with his apostles before the Crucifixion — washing their feet, suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal by Judas Iscariot.

How humbling to act as a servant and wash the apostles’ feet.

How painful the sacrifice when, like Abraham, the Father took his Son to a secret place to prepare him for the slaughter. Except this time there was no substitute. The cup could not pass to another.

How cruel the betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot; yet our Lord still treated him kindly, never hostile or bitter.

Many powerful lessons were taught that day: service, sacrifice, kindness, and grace.

Amen.