The Last Supper

Most of us are familiar with The Last Supper. We know it was the prelude to Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion. It was the evening when Jesus said that someone would betray him and Peter said he would never deny the Lord. It was also the evening when Jesus took bread, gave thanks, and broke it… this was the first communion.

“Take and eat; this is my body. Drink… this is my blood of the covenant.”

It is important for us to understand that communion is a “we” thing, not just a “me” thing. You receive communion as an individual (bread & wine), but we partake of it together in community.

Things to consider while taking communion:

  • At this moment, what am I most thankful for?
  • As I take the bread, representing the body of Jesus, I remember Jesus has given all of us life and life to the full. (John 10:10)
  • Is there sin that I am afraid to confess to Jesus? What might that be? (It’s okay to confess, He already knows and longs to forgive and restore us.)
  • As I take the juice, representing the blood of Jesus that forgives us of all sin, I remember that it is by grace that I have been saved! (Ephesians 2:8)

Sermon preached on August 22, 2021.

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Digging Deeper

Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  • What is significant about the Passover? Why was it celebrated? (Read Exodus 12:1-28; 43-51; Exodus 13:1-16)
  • How did the disciples respond to Jesus’ prediction of a betrayer? What is the difference between Judas’ answer and the rest of the disciples? What can you learn from this interaction?
  • Why do you think Jesus gave thanks before instituting communion with his disciples? Why did he give thanks before the bread and the cup? How are we to be mindful of thanksgiving while taking communion?
  • Jesus said the bread represented his body and then he broke it. He said that the cup represented his blood and then he poured it. Why is this imagery so significant to communion? How do you think the early church reflected on this spiritual interaction post ascension of Jesus? Do you think it carried more meaning after the crucifixion? What does it mean for you today?
  • We often personalize communion, but Jesus instituted it with at least 12 others around a table. Why is it important to take communion together as a body of believers? (Read 1 Corinthians 11-26)
YOUR CALL TO ACTION:
  • Considering the Last Supper and the instituting of communion, what is your reflection on this passage? How should we approach communion each time we gather together?

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