THE LAST SUPPER
SEASONS: HOLY WEEK
The following passage recounts Jesus’ final Passover celebration with His disciples in Jerusalem. Commonly called Maundy Thursday, Christians worldwide use the day to prepare their hearts for the commemoration of the most decisive day in history—Good Friday:
MATTHEW 26:17-30 (emphasis added)
Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.”’”
So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”
And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”
He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?”
He said to him, “You have said it.”
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
During the third cup of Passover (a.k.a. Cup of Redemption), our Savior instituted the Lord’s Supper.
Jesus actions provide the powerful biblical foundation as we remember His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection this weekend.
1) La Cène légale (The Last Supper) (1886 – 1894). By James Tissot (1836–1902). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) La Céne. Judas met la main dans le plat (The Last Supper: Judas Dipping his Hand in the Dish). (1886 – 1894) By James Tissot (1836 – 1902), [No restrictions (PD-US)], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. With 40 plus years of ministry experience, Rev. McCracken is known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth that makes his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
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