Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday) is the Thursday during Holy Week that falls before Easter. It is the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus instituted the eucharist and washed His disciples’ feet in an exemplary act of love. The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane.
In honor of Maundy Thursday, here are 13 of the Best Bible Verses for deep reflection. These verses remind us of the ultimate sacrifice made for humanity–for you and for me. It also reminds us of Jesus’ sacrificial mandate to serve one another. In serving others, we not only bless others but our own lives as well.
1) Psalm 23:1-6
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His Name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” –Psalm 23:1-6.
2) Matthew 26:17-21 — Preparations for Passover
“On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ He replied, ‘Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with My disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, He said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray Me’” –Matthew 26:17-21.
3) Matthew 26:26-29 — The Body and the Blood
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom’” –Matthew 26:26-29.
4) John 6:53 — The Way to Life
“Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you'” –John 6:53.
5) John 13:1-5 — Washing of the Feet
“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him” –John 13:1-5.
6) John 13:12-31 — Blessed If You Do Them
“When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” –John 13:12-31.
7) John 13:34 — Love One Another
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” –John 13:34.
8) John 14:6 — The Way
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'” –John 14:6.
9) Mark 10:17-27 — A Lesson of the Rich and the Kingdom
“As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up to Him and fell on his knees before Him. ‘Good teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus answered, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ ‘Teacher,’ he declared, ‘all these I have kept since I was a boy.’ Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Then come, follow me.’ At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!’ The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.’ The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God'” –Mark 10:17-27.
10) John 3:16-17 — Eternal Life
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him” –John 3:16-17.
11) Jeremiah 29:11 — Plans to Prosper You
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” -Jeremiah 29:11.
12) 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 — Life in You
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you” –2 Corinthians 4:7-18.
13) John 15:13 — Sacrifice for Our Neighbor
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” –John 15:13.
God Bless you