MAUNDY THURSDAY APRIL 13, 2017 (New Living Translation)
Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14 (The passover of the Lord)
Psalm 116:1-2 12-19 (The cup of salvation)
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (Proclaim the Lord’s death)
John 13:1-17 31b-35 (The service of Christ: footwashing and meal)
The First Passover
12 While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the Lord gave the following instructions to Moses and
Aaron: 2 “From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you. 3 Announce to the whole
community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a
sacrifice, one animal for each household. 4 If a family is too small to eat a whole animal, let them share with
another family in the neighborhood. Divide the animal according to the size of each family and how much they
5 The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects.
6 “Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then
the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. 7 They
are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses where they
eat the animal. 8 That same night they must roast the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad
greens and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat any of the meat raw or boiled in water. The whole
animal—including the head, legs, and internal organs—must be roasted over a fire. 10 Do not leave any of it
until the next morning. Burn whatever is not eaten before morning.
11 “These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed,[a] wear your sandals, and carry your
walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the Lord’s Passover. 12 On that night I will
pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of
Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord! 13 But the blood on your
doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass
over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.
14 “This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special
festival to the Lord. This is a law for all time.
1 I love the Lord because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
2 Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!
12 What can I offer the Lord
for all he has done for me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.
14 I will keep my promises to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
15 The Lord cares deeply
when his loved ones die.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
yes, I am your servant, born into your household;
you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people—
19 in the house of the Lord
in the heart of Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord
Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my
body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine
after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed
with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread
and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
13 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his
Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 2 It
was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3
Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and
would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5
and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had
6 When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”
10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be
entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That
is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was
doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your
Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an
example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16 I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master.
Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. 17 Now that you know these
things, God will bless you for doing them.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
31 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory,
and God will be glorified because of him. 32 And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his
own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once. 33 Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as
I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. 34 So now I am giving
you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love
for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”