The Last Supper
There's nothing quite like sharing a meal with people you care about. Most of the stories we know about Jesus' ministry involve a meal. The act of eating together fostered fellowship between Jesus and his disciples, the crowds, and the outcasts. Perhaps the most well-known meal Jesus and his disciples shared is the one we refer to as the Last Supper or the Lord's Supper.
We believe the events we refer to as the Last Supper occurred while Jesus was celebrating Passover with his disciples. This was a significant moment in Jesus' earthly ministry and one we remember each time we take Communion together as a faith community.
Jesus sent Peter and John into Jerusalem to make preparations for the celebration of the Passover meal. As it was traditional for Jews to travel to Jerusalem for the celebration of the Passover, guestrooms were often rented out to visitors. During the meal, as Jesus offered the bread to his disciples, he asked them to remember him as they ate it. When Jesus offered the cup to his disciples, he referred to it as "the new covenant." God made a covenant with Moses and the Israelites when God gave them the Ten Commandments. Jesus indicated that, through him, God was making a new covenant.
We don't only remember Jesus during Communion. We have the opportunity to live our lives remembering Jesus and making decisions knowing that God has promised to forgive us and love us and that God has also asked us to live our lives like a forgiven people, loving others. Each time you share a meal with someone, remember all the meals Jesus shared with others and the promises he made to you.
Some things for parents to think about:
- What does Communion mean to you?
- What does meal time look like for your family?
Some things for the kids to talk about:
- What was special about this meal Jesus shared with the disciples?
- This week, how can you show God you are thankful for Jesus?
Scripture: Luke 22:7-20
Lesson: Jesus Celebrates Passover
Anchor Point: Jesus is Alive!
This week, how can you show God you are thankful for Jesus?
This month's verse: "I've seen the Lord." John 20:18