The Last Supper by Jennifer Tolbert
Jesus came to teach us how we should live on Earth to please God, who is in heaven. One of the ways he taught was through parables. Other times, he preached like on the Sermon on the Mount. Sometimes, he would teach through his miracles. In this story, Jesus has the Last Supper with his disciples and explains the plan for Jesus to die.
We still hold the Lord's Supper each week to remember Jesus's sacrifice.
1. Jesus death was the final sacrifice for sin.
2. Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper to help us remember his sacrifice.
3. Jesus is the best friend you can have.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. -Mark 10:45
Books of the New Testament
Make Me a Servant
Jesus is My Best Friend
Love is Something if You Give It Away
Banner Over Us is Love
Be Still and Know
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Making Connections
Remind or read the children of the story of the Passover. Review that the purpose of the Passover was to remember when God set the Israelites free from Egyptian slavery. It was at this meal that Jesus instituted a new meal we celebrate to remember that Jesus set us free from sin.
2. Last Meals
Set the table like it would have been for the Passover. SAY: Pretend you were going away on a trip far away and you were not going to see your friends and family for a long time. What would you talk about? What are some things you would want to tell them? This is the story of Jesus's special meal with his disciples before he dies on the cross.
3. Make Unleavened Bread
Find a simple unleavened bread recipe. Let each child mix and pat out their own bread. While they are mixing, remind the kids about the history of unleavened bread during the Israelites time in Egypt. SAY Making this kind of bread was a tradition handed down through many generations of Israelites to remember the goodness of God. We still eat this bread today for the same reason. While it is baking, tell the story of the Last Supper.
Story: Jesus came to Earth to show us how to live in a way that pleased God. However, Jesus also knew that no matter how good we were, we could never be perfect. The Israelites had made sacrifice after sacrifice, and had created thousands of laws to try to overcome their sin. There was really only one solution and Jesus knew he would eventually had to die to be the final sacrifice for our sins.
While Jesus ate the Passover meal with his disciples, he tried to help them connect the salvation and freedom that the Passover represented with the salvation and freedom that he would eventually give them. In doing so, he also instituted the Lord's Supper, which we take each week to remember Jesus's sacrifice.
READ the story of The Last Supper OR read Matthew 26:17-30 in the Bible.
Connect the story back to God and his character. Explain how this story fits into God's overall story.