Last Supper

Jesus and his disciples traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. The Pharisees and other Jewish leaders were becoming increasingly upset with Jesus and his claims, and they looked for ways to trap Jesus into saying something that they could arrest him for… but Jesus was too wise for them.

The High Priest met with these leaders to discuss capturing Jesus and putting him to death. “We can’t arrest him during Passover,” they agreed, “or it will create a huge riot.” So they waited and watched.

Service

Later that day, Jesus and his disciples met together in a home to celebrate the Passover. Before the meal began, Jesus got up from the table, tied a towel around his waist, and poured some water into a bowl. Then he went to each of his disciples and washed their feet, wiping them with the towel he had around him. This shocked the disciples. Only hired servants are supposed to wash a guests’ feet! They wondered why he was doing this.

After he had finished, Jesus sat down and asked them, “Do you understand what I have done? Since I have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow.”

The Meal

During the Passover meal, Jesus picked up some bread, thanked God for it, and broke it into pieces. Giving it to his disciples he said, “Take this and eat it, this is my body given for you.” Then Jesus picked up a cup of wine and thanked God for it. He gave them the cup and said, “All of you, drink this. It is my blood given for you – a new covenant between God and his people. It is poured out to forgive the sins of many. From now on, every time you eat and drink these things together, remember me.”

He also said to them, “When you see what happens later tonight, you will all abandon me. It is part of God’s plan that I will be betrayed and then die, but don’t fear, I will rise again from the dead!” But his disciples didn’t really understand what he was saying to them.

After the Passover meal, when it was dark, Jesus and his disciples left the house and headed out of the city.


Take a moment to reflect on the story you have just read.
(sometimes it is helpful to read it again, slowly)

*Was there something in this story that you discovered—or thought about—for the first time?
*As you think about the story, what questions do you have? What do you wonder about?
*How might this story change your perspective / beliefs / behaviors?

I would love to hear what you are discovering as you think through these questions.
Comments are moderated to ensure they are relevant to the story and questions above.

If you would like to dig a little deeper into this story, you will find some further thoughts and questions here.


Easter Story
Return Of The King | Last Supper | Garden | Accusations | Denial | Sentenced | Crucifixion | Burial | Empty Tomb | Appearance

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