Today is Maundy Thursday. Where do we get that name? The word Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means command.
On this day we remember Jesus’ commands on the day before He died. The first command is to love one another: “A 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 ESV)
Jesus also commanded that we continue to celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion: And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (Luke 22:19-20 ESV)
On Maundy Thursday, we remember the Lord’s commands and celebrate His Supper. We also look ahead to the love He showed for us on the following day as He laid down His life to save us.