Bible Stories

The Last Supper

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The story of the LAST SUPPER begins on the first day of Passover, or the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

Jesus sent His disciples ahead into the city to prepare a meal to celebrate Passover. Passover is the remembrance of Israel being freed from slavery to Egypt and specifically when the angel of death passed over the homes of the Israelites that had lambs blood over the doors.

As the disciples reclined and ate dinner with Jesus, he explained to them that one of the twelve would soon betray Him. One by one, the disciples denied that it would be them, including Judas who would be the betrayer. Jesus responded that the person who betrays Him will have a terrible fate and that indeed, it was Judas.

Jesus prayed and thanked God for the meal. He then broke the bread and shared the wine with the disciples and explained to them how the bread was a symbol of His body, broken for the, and the wine, a symbol of His blood which would be poured out for their sins to be forgiven. This is where the churches tradition of communion comes from.

After the meal, Jesus became like a servant and washed the feet of the disciples. Peter did not feel right having Jesus wash his feet but Jesus said that He was doing it to be an example to them. Now the disciples would be able to wash each other’s feet, meaning they could be servants to all.

 

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