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The Last Supper

Easter Family Guide

Thursday, April 1, 2021

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The Story

The Bread and Wine.

Jesus knew it was time for Him to die. He sat down with His disciples for the Passover meal and did something very unusual. Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. This humble act was usually reserved for a servant. The foot-washing symbolized a spiritual cleansing. The disciples were already positionally “clean” before God (See John 13:10.) but even redeemed people still sin and need daily cleansing. (See 1 John 1:9.) In this, Jesus also set forth an example of love and humility for His disciples to mirror in their own actions toward one another. (John 13:15)
As they ate the Passover meal, Jesus broke bread and gave it to His disciples. He shared the cup with them too, explaining that the bread and cup represented His body and blood. Jesus established a new covenant.
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In the Old Testament, God made a covenant—or promise—with His people. He gave them commandments to follow so they could live in right relationship with Him. But God’s people broke the covenant. They didn’t obey God, and they didn’t love Him. By dying on the cross, Jesus brought forgiveness and made the way for people to know and love God again.
Jesus and the disciples ate the first Lord’s Supper at Passover, a time when God’s people remembered how God had rescued His people from the Egyptians—passing over the houses marked with the blood of a lamb. Jesus instituted a new memorial, to Himself—the Lamb of God whose blood would bring salvation to the world.
Believers take the Lord’s Supper to remember what Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection. We remember God’s faithfulness to rescue His people, and we look forward to the day He will return.
Gently explain to your kids that the Lord’s Supper, like baptism, is an ordinance of the church and is a celebration for those who have repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus for salvation.

Bible Story Video

SAY • We have been hearing stories about Easter, the time when we celebrate Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection. Last Sunday, we learned that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to celebrate Passover. People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King. Today’s Bible story happened on the night Jesus was betrayed and arrested. It’s called “The Last Supper.”

CHRIST CONNECTION • At the Passover, Jesus shared His last meal with the disciples before His death and resurrection. Jesus said that His death would establish a new covenant.  God’s people had broken the old covenant, and God promised to make a new covenant to forgive sins. God forgives the sins of those who trust in His Son, Jesus.

Family Activities:

Sing “Head, Heart, Hands, and Feet”

Sing the song below to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.” Touch your head, cross your hands over your heart, hold up your hands, and touch your feet as you sing.

“Head and heart, hands and feet Hands and feet
Head and heart, hands and feet Hands and feet
Jesus washes us to make us clean! Head and heart, hands and feet Hands and feet!”

SAY

"When Jesus said, “If I don’t wash you, you have no part with Me,” Peter asked Jesus to wash his feet, his hands, and his head too! Jesus wasn’t talking about a physical bath like in a bathtub. Jesus was talking about forgiving sins. When we ask Jesus to forgive our sins, He forgives us completely. He removes all our sin! Who saves us from our sin? Jesus save us from sin."

Hidden objects 

Use any objects: requires a piece of paper, pencil/pen, large blanket) Hide 10 random objects under a sheet on a table. Tell children that they will have 10 seconds to look at the items on the table, and then you’re going to cover them up. Then children will write down all the items that they can remember.
(Adult helpers may help younger children who have a hard time writing.)
After they have attempted to write down all 10 objects, give them another 10 seconds to look at the objects. Continue to repeat this process until most children have written down all the objects.  Add more than 10 items if this is completed easily (adjust to your family).

Say

"It was hard to remember all 10 objects after only looking at them once, wasn’t it? The more we do something, the easier it is to remember. That’s why the church continues to celebrate the Lord’s Supper: it helps us remember what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross to rescue us from sin. Just like when we study our Bible.  The more we look at it, read it and study it, the easier it is to remember it, and hide God’s Word in our heart.  Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from sin. Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death and to proclaim Him until He returns."

Family Discussion

Open your Bibles to  John 13
  • You may choose to make it a race to see who can find the book and chapter first.
  • Remind the kids that the Gospels are the four books that tell the story of Jesus’ time on earth—His life, death, and resurrection.
  • Challenge kids to name, in order, as many New Testament books as they can.
  • Ask the following questions. Lead your family to discuss (answers in italics)➡️

What were Jesus and His disciples gathering to celebrate?

Passover, John 13:1

What did Jesus wash of His disciples’?

Their feet; John 13:5,10

What did Jesus say the bread and drink represented?

(His body and blood, Matt. 26:26-28)

Why do you think Jesus made a new covenant? What happened to the old covenant? 

Lead kids to remember the old covenant required complete obedience to the Law and repeated sacrifices. No one can obey God perfectly except Jesus! Jesus fulfilled the old covenant and died to be the perfect sacrifice. The new covenant opened up the way for everyone who believes in Jesus to live with God forever. We are saved by grace through faith, not by earning God’s love through obedience. (See Eph. 2:8-9.)

Why do you think God wants us serve one another with joy?

Help kids see that Jesus is the ultimate Servant. In His life and death, Jesus showed us how to love and serve one another. When we serve one another with joy, it offers a picture of what Jesus’ love for us looks like. When we trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit guides us to serve others out of love.

Whom can you serve this week?

Encourage kids to think of a friend, family member, or neighbor they can serve this week (while practicing social distancing). Discuss specific ways they can serve people. Highlight the fact that different people might need to be served in different ways. When we love Jesus, we will also love who He loves, and that includes everyone in the whole world! Remind kids that God gets the glory when we love one another. (send letters/cards/notes, bake a treat to leave on the porch, send a video chat of encouragement etc.)