The Last Supper
Lesson 32 Jacob’s Ladder Religion Lessons Level 3: The Lord Is Our Lawgiver
General Church Education
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Lesson 32 • The Last Supper
The Last Supper
From the Writings
For Parents and Teachers
The two sacraments in the New Church are baptism and the Holy Supper. The Lord asks us to observe
them because they are the two external rituals that forge long-term internal bonds with Him and
with heaven. In this lesson the Lord gives His disciples bread and wine for the first time as He begins the
practice of the Holy Supper. As the Lord departed from people’s earthly sight He was providing a unique
and ongoing means for us to be connected to Him and receive His goodness and truth into our lives.
As adults we can see the significance of the Lord’s directions to Peter and John to follow a man carrying
a pitcher of water. The Gospel of Matthew account of the Last Supper also includes the washing of
the disciples’ feet. Both of these events with water remind us of the need for repentance or spiritual
washing as preparation for the Holy Supper. The Lord asks us to reflect on the things we have desired,
said and done with the purpose of being cleansed of the evils that plague us. If we acknowledge these
things from a sincere desire to change, our prayers to the Lord will be answered. Taking the bread and
wine of the Holy Supper can dramatically aid us in this process. It represents making the goods and
truths from the Lord our own, trying to make them part of our life. In doing this our internal connection
to the Lord and to heaven grows stronger and stronger.
Ideas for Children
• The Passover feast is celebrated in remembrance of the Lord’s powerful and protective love for the
children of Israel.
• The Holy Supper has a similar purpose for Christians.
• We cannot get to heaven alone, much as the children of Israel could not get to Canaan alone.
All who are in heavenly love, have confidence that they will be saved by the Lord; for they believe
that the Lord came into the world in order to give eternal life to those who believe and live according
to the commandments which He taught; and that He regenerates these, and so makes them fit
for heaven; and that He does this Himself alone, from pure mercy, without the aid of man. This is
meant by “believing in the Lord.” Arcana Coelestia 9244
Humankind must remove evils, because the Lord does not do this immediately, without man’s co
-operation. True Christian Religion 522
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The Last Supper
Words to Understand
betray—to aid or give information to an enemy
Preparations for the Feast Begin
Jesus and His disciples went into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to celebrate the Passover feast. The
feast was to remember how the Lord saved the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Preparations for this
feast lasted several days. Everyone took care to follow the directions given by the Lord to Moses
long ago. The disciples probably thought that this would be like all the other Passovers. But this
special meal would be the last one they would eat with the Lord. The Lord knew He would be arrested
that very night. He knew He would be put on trial. He knew that the people who hated Him
would crucify Him the next day. But He also knew He would not be leaving people behind when He
left this world. So to remind all people that He is still close to them He changed the Passover to
something new. We call it the sacrament of
the Holy Supper.
Jesus Prepares His Disciples
As His time on earth was growing short,
Jesus saw that after this night His disciples
would miss their daily contact with Him.
They would miss being taught by Him and
being able to ask Him questions. They
would be worried and afraid when they
thought He was dead. They would feel lost
and confused. So He prepared them by telling
them that He would die and that He
would rise again on the third day. But, even
though they were told, it would have been
very difficult for the disciples to believe
that this could happen to their wise, dear
teacher and friend.
The Lord sent two disciples to get ready for
the Passover meal. We know from other
books of the New Testament that they were
Peter and John. He told them that they
would find a house by following a man
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who carried a pitcher of water. Let’s find out what else He told them. Read Mark 14:12-26.
Were you amazed that everything happened just as the Lord had said? Peter and John followed
the man carrying the water pitcher and came to a house with a large upper room that was furnished
and prepared for their use. Then these two disciples made everything ready. Do you recall all the
parts of the Passover meal? The lamb was roasted with herbs and the bread was unleavened. There
were bitter herbs and wine. At sunset Jesus and the other disciples came into Jerusalem and gathered
around the table.
As they were eating the Passover meal, the Lord told His disciples that one of them would betray
Him. How did they find out which one it was? Jesus said it was the disciple who dipped with
Him in the dish. In the book of Matthew we are told that it was Judas and that Judas immediately
left the room. He knew he was guilty because he had already gone to the chief priests and agreed to
betray the Lord to them for thirty pieces of silver.
The Holy Supper
As Jesus took some of the Passover bread, He said a blessing and then broke it into pieces. As
He gave the bread to the disciples, He said that “this was His body.” He was telling them that they
could think of this bread as a very important part of His life that He was giving to each of them, like
the love that He had given them. Then He took a cup of wine, gave thanks and passed it around for
each of the disciples to take a drink. He told them that “this wine was His blood.” Again, He wanted
the disciples to think of this wine as something very important from His life for them, like the wisdom
that He had given them. The Lord asked them to “do this to remember Him.” Then they sang a
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hymn and they went out into the
The New Covenant
This ceremonial feast is known as
the Holy Supper. Christians today celebrate
the Holy Supper instead of the
Passover. The Lord gave clear instructions
to His disciples, asking them to
do it to remember Him. New Church
adults are invited to regularly come to
the sacrament of the Holy Supper. The minister reads the words the Lord spoke in this story and the
people eat unleavened bread and drink wine.
Every time people celebrate the Holy Supper, they are participating in the new covenant with
the Lord that He began with His disciples at His final meal with them. In this way people are reminded
of the good things from the Lord’s life that they need in order to get to heaven. We cannot
get to heaven alone, much as the children of Israel could not get to Canaan alone. When people take
the Holy Supper, they often ask the Lord to help them in some way.
What good things do we have from the Lord’s life? Every time we hear or read from the Word
truths come into our minds from the Lord. When we listen to Him it is like being one of His devoted
disciples when He was on earth. And when we bravely use the Lord’s truth to stand up against evil,
it is as if we are taking the special gifts that He offers us—the bread and wine—into our lives. Our
part of the covenant is to learn from the Lord and become His loving and faithful servants.
• Let children ask questions about the Holy Supper, such as how much bread \you eat, or
how much wine you drink. Answers to children’s questions about the connection between
Holy Supper and the Lord’s body and blood need not be complicated. They should
know that the Lord wants to share His love and wisdom with all who wish to receive it.
• Although repentance is an adult process, children can prepare for it by taking responsibility
for wrongdoings. Talk about regretting misdeeds, trying not to do them again, and
asking the Lord’s help.
• As the Lord prepared for His resurrection He provided the Holy Supper as a tangible way
of staying close to us. We are never alone because the Lord is always protecting us and
leading us to heaven.
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Activity Overview | The Last Supper
Learn the recitation by heart.
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away for it was very large.
And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the
right side; and they were alarmed.
But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucifiec.
He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.
But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will
see Him, as He said to you. Mark 16:4-7
Lo! They Come in Glad Procession
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Lift Up Your Heads, Rejoice
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Choose one or two activities.
• Activity 1 |Compare Passover with Holy Supper
• Activity 2 | How Did Jesus and the Disciples Feel?
• Picture to Color—The Last Supper (Mark 14)
Additional Activity Ideas
• Watch GCED’s HeartFelt Bible video, The Last Supper, at https://
• Prepare and enjoy eating a Passover meal. Passover foods include roast lamb, bitter
herbs and unleavened bread. (See Exodus 12)
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Activity 1 | Compare Passover with Holy Supper
Look at the list of customs and decide whether they are used during Passover, Holy Supper, or
both. Write the number of the custom in the correct box.
1. Roast lamb
3. Unleavened bread
4. Bitter herbs
5. Annual celebration
6. Can be done any time of the year
7. Started by Jesus Christ
8. Instructions given through Moses
9. Began with the Hebrews
10. Began with the twelve disciples
11. Celebrated by Christians
12. Celebrated by Jewish people today
13. An important Jewish ritual
14. A sacrament of the New Church
15. Done to remember the Lord Jesus Christ
16. Done to remember the Lord’s power and protection of the Jews
Passover and Holy
Passover Holy Supper
Passover: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16 Passover and Holy Supper: 2, 3 Holy Supper: 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 15
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Activity 2 | How Did Jesus and the Disciples Feel?
1. People going to the same event often have different feelings. For example a guest at a birthday
party may feel quite differently about the party than the person celebrating a birthday.
2. Look at the picture of the Last Supper. Jesus had just told His disciples He was going to be
betrayed by one of them. How does He feel? How does Judas, the disciple who would betray
Him, feel? How might some of the other disciples be feeling?
3. Choose one person from the group in the picture and draw your own picture of that person,
showing a facial expression of how he might be feeling.
4. Explain how this person might have felt.
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