Unit 26, Session 3: The Last Supper
As the Passover celebration drew near, Jerusalem hummed with excitement. Everyone wondered if Jesus—teacher, miracle-worker, and prophet—would come for Passover. (John 11:56-57) The Passover meal was a permanent statute God intended for every Israelite family to observe each year. (See Ex. 12:1-28; Lev. 23:5-8.) But it was no secret the religious leaders were determined to kill Jesus. Jesus had warned His disciples what would happen this Passover. (Mark 10:33-34; Luke 18:31)
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.
What the sacrifice of the Passover lamb could not do—take away sins once and for all—the perfect Lamb of God was going to do. Jesus, the perfectly sinless Son of God, was going to take the punishment for sin upon Himself. (See Heb. 10:1-10.) As Jesus’ disciples prepared for Passover, Jesus prepared to die. By dying on the cross, Jesus brought forgiveness and made the way for people to know and love God again.
Jesus showed His disciples with the bread and the drink that He is the true Passover Lamb. God’s people had broken the old covenant, and God promised to make a new covenant to forgive sins. The new covenant says that everyone who turns away from sin and trusts in Jesus’ death and resurrection will be forgiven of his sins and will have eternal life.
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 that Jesus will return.
The Last Supper
(Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 13)
When the religious leaders questioned Jesus, He answered with wisdom and power. Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. He is the Word of God, who came to show us exactly what God is like. Jesus has authority in heaven and on earth.
Family Discussion Questions
- Who should take the Lord’s Supper?
- What does the bread represent in the Lord’s Supper?
- What does the cup represent?
- What did the Passover meal celebrate? (See Exodus 13:3,14.)
- How do you think the disciples felt at the Last Supper?
- Why do you think it’s important to remember what Jesus did for us?
The Lord's Supper
-Set up a display that shows the elements of the Lord’s Supper as your church observes it.
-Walk your family through the process and explain why your church observes the
Lord’s Supper in this way.
-Ensure kids understand who may participate (believers) and why (to obey Jesus and remember His sacrifice).
"Jesus commanded His disciples to remember His sacrifice. One of the biggest ways we do that is by taking communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper. Different churches practice this act in different ways, but the meaning is the same for all believers. The bread we eat represents Jesus’ body, which was broken for us. The drink we use represents Jesus’ blood, which was spilled for us. When we have faith in Jesus’ perfect life, death, and resurrection, God forgives our sin and gives us eternal life. We then obey God out of love for Him, which also means remembering Jesus’ sacrifice in the way He said to."
As leaves are falling, there are many yards to be raked. Think of someone in your neighborhood who may struggle to rake their own leaves and offer to serve them in that way as a family.