Taste and See
By Shawn Tomlin
As we approach Easter we will come to “The Three Days” or as some traditions call it, The Easter Triduum. These three days are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. They are, the pinnacle being Easter, the linchpin of the Christian faith. Paul explains this in 1 Corinthians 15:14 when he says, “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” So let us focus on Maundy Thursday today.
The day before Christ was crucified He did two things with the apostles. He washed their feet and instituted the Lord’s Supper. This wasn’t just Jesus treating His homeboys to pedicures and dinner. The significance runs much deeper.
The footwashing of the apostles by Jesus (John 13:1-11) can sound a bit obscure. Basically what we are going to focus on are three points. That Jesus had humbled Himself to the level of a servant, that cleansing comes by the way of Christ, and the example given to us by Christ in this act. First, Jesus humbled Himself. As their teacher, rabbi, and Lord, they should’ve been washing His feet, but that wasn’t the case. This is also a reflection of the fact that the Second Person of the Godhead humbled Himself to be born in human flesh and dwell among the filth of our sin.
This wasn’t just Jesus treating His homeboys to pedicures and dinner. The significance runs much deeper.
Secondly, the idea that Christ insisted that He must wash them. Jesus says to Peter in John 13:8, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” We as believers need to realize just how helpless we are. We are like children, unable to even wash ourselves, but God knows we can’t so He comes to us, and we still today are washed by Him, in His blood, and as a portrayal of this, we are washed in the waters of our baptism.
Third, in the washing of the disciples’ feet we have an example given to us in Christ. The humility that Christ showed in this act set a pattern for His disciples. Aspirations for power and dominance should be set aside and replaced with an eager willingness to serve.
The other thing Christ did on Maundy Thursday, after washing the apostles’ feet, was institute the Lord’s Supper. This is one of the two ordinances of the church, the other being Baptism. The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith states that the Lord’s Supper is “to be observed in His churches, unto the end of the world, for the perpetual remembrance, and showing to all the world the sacrifice of Himself in His death, confirmation of the faith of believers in all the benefits thereof, their spiritual nourishment, and growth in Him, their further engagement in, and to all the duties which they owe to Him; and to be a bond and pledge of their communion with Him, and with each other.” This is more than a simple meal made up of a morsel of bread and a sip of wine. This is a means of grace by which the gospel is brought to us in a physical and tangible way. Psalm 34:8 says, “Oh taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
As we approach Easter let’s take a moment to reflect on this day, this Maundy Thursday. How the Son of God humbled Himself to the point of a servant, showed us that we must be washed by Him, and the example He set for us: that we all need to serve one another. Lastly, He gave us the Lord’s Supper, a means of grace and a physical communication of the gospel and a sign of communion with Him and all believers. Let us taste and see that the Lord is good!
The LORD bless you, and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.”