Lenten Devotional: Maundy Thursday

Psalm 102; Psalm 142; Psalm 143;
Jeremiah 20:7-11
1 Corinthians 10:14-17, 1:27-32
John 17: 1-11, 12-26

“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:25-26

These words are part of Jesus’ farewell address in the Gospel of John. In his final grand speech before his death, Jesus is trying to communicate his deepest heart.

In his deepest heart is desire for us, his followers, to know God. Through his life he showed us God’s nature—and in his death, he unites us with God forever. Jesus describes his intimacy with his Father—nothing Jesus did or said was outside of a deep loving relationship with his Father. That intimacy was the key to all of his ministry.

On Maundy Thursday, as we wash each other’s feet in worship, we invite each other into the intimacy with God that Jesus offers us. God knows us thoroughly, and there is no part of us he rejects. He may want to transform us, but he will do that in loving relationship with us, not by casting us out.

What parts of yourself are you keeping from God? What parts of yourself do you think are unlovable? Lift them up in prayer to the God who loves you totally and completely.