Kids Lesson: The Last Supper
The Last Supper – Matthew 26; Mark 14;
Luke 22; John 13
God made a covenant, or agreement, with His people long ago. The people promised to love and obey God, and He promised to be their God. Sadly, God’s people broke the covenant. God sent Jesus to make a new, even better covenant. God would forgive people for their sins, and God would help them obey him.
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Bible Story - The Last Supper
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Jesus and His disciples were in Jerusalem for a very special time— the Passover celebration. Long ago, God’s people were servants in the land of Egypt. They cried out to God to rescue them, and He rescued them in a mighty way! God had told the Israelites to always remember how He freed them from the Egyptians. Celebrating Passover was one of the ways they remembered what God had done for them. This Passover, though, was the most special Passover because God was about to rescue His people again. This time, He would free people from the power of sin, and He had sent His own Son to do the job! Jesus sent two of His disciples, Peter and John, to get the Passover meal ready. He said, “Go into the city, and you will meet a man carrying a jug of water. Follow him.” Jesus said that the man would go to a house, and the owner of the house would show Peter and John a large room upstairs where they could get the Passover meal ready. So Peter and John did as Jesus said. When the meal was ready, Jesus and His disciples sat around the table to eat. Jesus knew it was almost time to go back to His Father in heaven. Jesus said, “One of you will turn against Me.” The disciples were upset, but Jesus knew this was part of God’s plan. Jesus ate the Passover meal with His disciples. While they ate, Jesus took the bread, broke it into pieces and gave it to His disciples. He said, “Eat this. This bread is like My body that will be broken for you. Do this to remember Me.” Then He took the cup, thanked God for it, and gave it to His disciples. “Drink this,” Jesus said, “This drink is like My blood. My blood makes the new covenant.” After the meal, Jesus and His disciples sang songs and went to a mountain outside of the city.
Bible Story Summary
- Jesus and His disciples ate a special meal together called Passover.
- Jesus said the bread was like His body and the drink was like His blood.
- Jesus told His disciples to remember Him.
- Why did God’s people celebrate Passover?
- What ways do we celebrate what God has done for us through Jesus?
- How was the new covenant Jesus made better than the old one?
- Plan, prepare, and eat a special meal together as a family. Consider inviting neighbors to join you.
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The Lord's Supper
Set up a display that shows the elements of the Lord’s Supper. Walk kids through the process and explain why your church observes the Lord’s Supper. Explain to them that only believers who have been baptized observe the Lord's supper, and it is done with the congregation at church. Explain why we do it (to obey Jesus and remember His sacrifice).
Say: 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.
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.
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find Luke 22. Ask the following questions:
Whom did Jesus send to prepare the Passover? (Peter and John, Luke 22:8)
What two items did Jesus share with His disciples as a way to remember His sacrifice? (the bread and the cup, Luke 22:19-20)
What did Jesus say Peter would do three times before the morning came? (deny that he knew Jesus, Luke 22:34
Why is the Lord’s Supper so important? Guide kids to think less about the specific foods used and more about the symbolism of the meal. Remind them that Jesus’ sacrifice was a choice. He did not have to allow His enemies to hurt and kill Him. The Lord’s Supper is a meaningful way for us to honor Jesus by obeying Him. The Lord’s Supper is a beautiful picture of what Jesus did for us in dying on the cross.
Who can participate in taking the Lord’s Supper? Guide kids to think about the importance of the bread and the cup. Remind them that only those who have faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection have salvation from sin. Those who reject Jesus or who have not yet come to faith do not participate in the Lord’s Supper.
What other ways do we remember and celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice for us? Direct kids to think about when most churches gather. Discuss the hymns and songs we sing. Remind kids that we celebrate Easter in the springtime. Talk about the burial and resurrection symbolism of baptism.