1. Luther sees in the Lord’s Supper the most concentrated form of the Gospel[5] because in it the death of Christ is proclaimed and the benefits of that saving death are bestowed in His body and blood given us to eat and drink.
  2. This text is chosen for Maundy Thursday and involves eating and drinking with God—in His presence, real presence. This is only possible with the shedding of blood.
  3. Maundy Thursday is only the beginning of the long, grievous road Jesus must take before “it is finished” three days later.
  4. As preachers approach Holy Week, it is sometimes difficult to plan ahead. With a number of sermons to prepare, it can sometimes feel like you’re just trying to keep your head above water, say whatever the given text says for that service, and move on preparing the next.
  5. The disciples and Christ have just finished their last meal together. The disciples, of course, didn't know this, but Jesus did.
  6. There is something about high art forms that touches the soul.
  7. What Jesus did and gives on these two Thursdays encapsulates his whole life and mission.
  8. He is the God who makes His glory visible in lowliness and servitude. He is the God who is so poor that He must borrow a donkey to ride into Jerusalem.
  9. In the pageant of Easter Week, Maundy Thursday speaks about the last time Jesus ate with his Disciples and how He washed their feet in preparation for participating in the Passover meal (John 13).