Ever notice the verbs from Maundy Thursday and Good Friday? I read the other day that too often we speak and write about faith in Jesus and ignore the faith of Jesus.
Jesus’ words, prayers, tears, humility, and suffering during this point of the Holy Week story illustrate His faith. WE can research and listen for these action words occurring during Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and all the way through Easter morning celebrations.
The verbs – the part of speech that shows action and perhaps the most important word in a sentence – show us Jesus’ faith. Breath in their meanings and ponder their lessons as you worship this holy week.
Gave it to the disciples
Took the cup
Offered it to the disciples
Knelt in the garden
Fell on his face
Found the disciples sleeping
Prayed a second time
Found them sleeping again
He was seized
Stood before Pilate
Gave no answers
Heard the cries, “Crucify him!”
He was flogged
Nailed to a cross
Verbs – all showing the faith of Jesus.
As Christians, we know the story doesn’t stop here. We learn from the verbs from Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. We can take them into our hearts and allow them to transform our wills into holy actions too.
All these verbs are past tense, but the best verb of all is present tense:
And that is the living, present tense faith of Jesus. Amen!
As you look over this list of verbs from Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, which ones resonate the most with your spirit?