Holy Week. We experience in this week the full passion of Christ. Together, we celebrated his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We continue to travel with him through the Lord’s Supper, his suffering on the cross, and finally to the glory of Easter and Christ’s resurrection.
The Thursday before Easter, commonly referred to as Maundy Thursday, we remember the last supper Jesus had with his disciples. We remember Christ’s commandment: "A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another." We also remember his commandment, “This do in remembrance of me.” We remember this as we celebrate communion together at the table this evening.
|Cover of Baptismal Font photo by Virginia Jones|
Another spiritual opportunity we often practice at Independent Presbyterian Church on Maundy Thursday is that of renewing our baptismal vows, an ancient tradition in the church. We are reminded of God’s gracious covenant through Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The French Confession (1559) says, "In Baptism we are grafted into the body of Christ... Although we are baptized only once, the benefit it signifies lasts through life and death..." By dipping our hand in the baptismal water, we reaffirm this covenant through the grace of Jesus Christ and the communion with the Holy Spirit.
Through this Holy Week, let us experience Christ’s journey and his sacrifices for all of us. And let us renew our baptismal vows and respond with gratitude and obedience to our Lord and Savior.