Passion Week – Holy Wednesday
The Last Supper
Read Luke 22: 14-23
Once a year the people of God went to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover. It was a time to remember the ways God had provided for His people. It was a time to remember how God led them out of slavery in Egypt to freedom. This year Jesus wanted to celebrate the feast with his closet friends, his disciples. The disciples were afraid because they knew people wanted to kill Jesus.
But when the time came, Jesus and his disciples sat down at the table together. Jesus knew it was almost time for Him to die, but He also knew His Father was in control of all things, even death. Jesus told His disciples that this would be the last time He would share and eat this special meal with them until the Kingdom of God came.
First, Jesus took the bread. He blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. He said, “This is my body given for you.”
Then, He took the cup of wine. He blessed it and gave it to them. He said, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant of my blood.”
We still celebrate this feast today. In church we have communion. The bread and the juice remind us of Jesus’ sacrifice. Just like the people of God remembered, we remember the way God led us out of the slavery of sin to freedom in Jesus. And each time we celebrate communion, we remember that Jesus will come again to celebrate this special feast with His people.
· Do you think Jesus was afraid?
· What would it have been like to celebrate this special feast with Jesus?
· Have you found freedom in Jesus? If not, talk to your parents about it now.
· Thank God for Jesus’ sacrifice and that Jesus is returning to celebrate this feast with us again.
· Praise God by singing verses 1 and 6 of “Amazing Grace.”
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.
John Newton, 1779.