The Last Supper
Matthew 26:26-30; John 13:1-15
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.” Luke 4:18
Jesus knew it was time for Him to die. He sat down with His disciples for the Passover meal and did something very unusual. Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. This humble act was usually reserved for a servant. The footwashing symbolized a spiritual cleansing. The disciples were already positionally “clean” before God (see John 13:10) but even redeemed people still sin and need daily cleansing. (See 1 John 1:9.) In this, Jesus also set forth an example of love and humility for His disciples to mirror in their own actions toward one another. (John 13:15)
As they ate the Passover meal, Jesus broke bread and gave it to His disciples. He shared the cup with them too, explaining that the bread and cup represented His body and blood. Jesus established a new covenant.
In the Old Testament, God made a covenant, or promise, with His people. He gave them commandments to follow so they could live in right relationship with Him. But God’s people broke the covenant. They didn’t obey God, and they didn’t love Him. By dying on the cross, Jesus brought forgiveness and made the way for people to know and love God again.
Jesus and the disciples ate the first Lord’s Supper at Passover, a time when God’s people remembered how God had rescued His people from the Egyptians—passing over the houses marked with the blood of a lamb. Jesus instituted a new memorial, to Himself—the Lamb of God whose blood would bring salvation to the world.
Believers take the Lord’s Supper to remember what Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection. We remember God’s faithfulness, and we look forward to the day He will return.
At the Passover, Jesus shared His last meal with the disciples before His death and resurrection. Jesus said that His death would establish a new covenant. God’s people had broken the old covenant, and God promised to make a new covenant to forgive sins. God forgives the sins of those who trust in His Son, Jesus.
Your kids may not be ready to take the Lord’s Supper at church. Gently explain that the Lord’s Supper, like baptism, is an ordinance of the church and is a celebration for those who have repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus for salvation.
KEY PASSAGE: Luke 4:18
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death.
BIBLE STORY: THE LAST SUPPER
- Jesus washed His friends’ feet.
- Jesus said He wanted His friends to follow His example and serve one another.
- Jesus ate a special meal with His friends.
- Jesus said the bread and drink were to remind His friends of what He did for them.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- What did Jesus mean that His friends should follow His example?
- What are some ways we can serve one another?
- How does the Lord’s Supper help us remember Jesus?
- Invite a Jewish friend to tell you and your family about their traditional Passover practices.
- Perform a family foot-washing ceremony.
NEXT WEEK “Jesus Was Arrested” (Matthew 26:36–27:2)