March 29, 2013

A Terribly Good Friday

William Bradshaw, Huffington Post

Last week I heard a sermon by a young minister who had not been out of seminary all that long. In his effort to appear knowledgeable and profound, he talked about Holy Week in deep theological terms reminiscent of seminary classes, and people in the pews had difficulty comprehending what he was talking about. Many of them expressed disappointed in not understanding what he was saying, admitting that they did not know the meaning of "Maundy" Thursday and why the day Jesus was crucified is called "Good" Friday.

Let's take a look at these two holy days.

Maundy Thursday. The word "Maundy" comes to us as an Anglo-French word derived from the Latin "mandatum," which means "commandment." It refers to when Jesus, in the Upper Room during the Last Super, said to the...

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