The Last Supper

The following is a list of Bible Truths in Matthew 26:20-29; Mark 14:17-25; Luke 22:14-23, the story of the last supper.

  1. Jesus gave thanks to God before eating a meal.  Matthew 26:26.
  2. Jesus died so that the sins of mankind would be forgiven.  Matthew 26:28.
  3. Followers of Jesus will celebrate with Jesus again in God's kingdom.  Matthew 26:29.
  4. Jesus' death ratified a new covenant between God and his people.  Luke 22:20.
  5. Jesus told his followers to eat bread together as a way to remember his death and what he did for them.  Luke 22:19.

The following Background Information is helpful in understanding the story.

Jesus and his disciples reclined at the table during the meal (Luke 22:14), dipping their bread into the bowl (Mark 14:20).  See Foods of the Bible for a discussion of eating customs.

The following activities can be used to teach the Bible story and truths.

Bible Story Activities.
Recreate the Last Supper.  Use this activity to help the children understand what should be remembered when the Lord's Supper is celebrated.
Prepare a snack of unleavened bread and grape juice.  Spread a blanket on the floor and invite the children to recline around the blanket and join you in remembering what Jesus did for us.
Read the Punishment Sharing Agreement and ask if anyone wants to sign up.  Explain that Jesus took the punishment for all of our sins when he died on the cross.
Read Luke 22:14-19.  Pass around the unleavened bread and discuss the following.
When we celebrate the Lord's Supper, we should think about Jesus dying on the cross.  Remember that he died on the cross only after he was flogged with a whip (Matthew 27:26), made to wear a crown of thorns (Matthew 27:29), spit on (Matthew 27:30) and beaten with a wooden cane (Matthew 27:30).
Jesus died on the cross voluntarily.
Jesus died on the cross so that our sins would be forgiven.
Read Luke 22:20.  Pass around the grape juice and discuss the following.
Jesus' death ratified a new covenant God made with his people.
In this new covenant God promises to forgive our sins and give us eternal life.  All we have to do is turn from sin to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  (Romans 10:9; Hebrews 8-10).
When we celebrate the Lord's Supper, we should remember to thank Jesus for the gift of eternal life that he made available to us when he died on the cross.
Only those who turn to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior should participate in the Lord's Supper since the Lord's Supper is celebrated in memory of what Jesus did for us.  A person who has not trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior has nothing to remember.
 
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