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The Last Supper

Vocabulary
  • betray: to turn over to the enemy, to work against
Lesson
Mark 14:10-25
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. And when they heard it they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him. And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, "Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?" And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the householder, 'The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I am to eat the Passover with my disciples?' And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us." And the disciples set out and went to the city, and found it as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover. And when it was evening he came with the twelve. And as they were at table eating, Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me." They began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one after another, "Is it I?" He said to them, "It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. For the Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born." And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, "Take; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
(also Matt 26:17-29)
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?" He said, "Go into the city to a certain one, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'" And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples; and as they were eating, he said, "Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me." And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, "Is it I, Lord?" He answered, "He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born." Judas, who betrayed him, said, "Is it I, Master?" He said to him, "You have said so." Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
 
Discussion points:
  • Judas' betrayal
    • Judas planned the betrayal ahead of time
    • Judas' greed was stronger than his loyalty to Jesus
      • Greed this destructive starts out small, but when fed, overtakes all we are
    • Jesus knew he was to be betrayed, warned his disciples about it, and gave Judas every chance not to do it.
    • Judas looked Jesus in the eye and said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?"
  • Passover feast
    • Jesus obeyed the Jewish law and took the Passover feast
    • Jesus and the Disciples had no home, but even when every devout Jew in the world was crowded into Jerusalem, a place for them to take the Passover was provided for them
    • Jesus provided his own memorial from the elements of the Passover feast - a feast that commemorated an event which was designed to foreshadow Christ's own death.
Tenth Plague Christ's Sacrifice
Firstborn of all men and animals killed Firstborn of God killed
Only the blood of the lamb saved Israelites Only the blood of Christ saves us
This plague freed the Israelites from slavery to Egypt This sacrifice frees us from sin
Commemorated by all Israelites in a feast Commemorated by Christians in Lord's Supper
Sing:Jesus loves me
 
Activity
: Memorials
  • What did you have for breakfast this morning?
  • What did you have for breakfast last Tuesday?
  • What is your best friend's name?
  • What is your mailman's name?
Which questions were easiest to answer? Why? The breakfast question about today was easiest because it was more recent. With the name question, it's easiest to remember the person you spend the most time with.

When people want to remember something, they keep it close by, look at it often, put it somewhere where they will see it. That's the idea of a memorial. We don't want to forget something, so we remind ourselves of it often.

Jesus knew that if we did not make a point of remembering his death, it would be easy for us to forget. To get caught up in our lives and forget his. He told us to be sure and remember his death, and he told us how. He used the elements of the Passover feast, which itself was a memorial.

Worksheet: Is it I, Lord?

True or False
  1. Jesus disregarded the Jewish laws.           F
  2. Judas betrayed Jesus accidentally.                F
  3. Jesus knew he was going to die.                T
  4. Jesus doesn't care whether or not we remember his death.              F
  5. The bread and fruit of the vine are symbols.                  T
Memory Work:
1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Review Questions for gameboard

 linguistic questions
  1. What is a memorial?
  2. Name the apostles. (For younger kids, name 4 of them).
  3. Unscramble this word:      oremmila
  activity questions
  1. Assemble a small puzzle.
  2. Have student think of one student in particular and have others guess who it is.
  3. Cover student's eyes and make him/her remember who is sitting where.
  emotion questions
  1. Have you ever felt betrayed by someone? How did/would it feel?
  2. Describe how all the apostles were feeling as they asked Jesus, Is it I, Lord?
  3. Have you ever seen a statue or other memorial to war heroes? Why do we make memorials like that?
application questions
  1. Why do we need a memorial of Christ's death?
  2. How do we prevent ourselves from being carried away by sin?
  3. If God provided a Passover room for Jesus, what will he provide for us as we do his work?
fact questions
  1. What did Judas receive in return for betraying Jesus?
  2. What did the feast of the Passover memorialize?
  3. What temptation did Judas allow to control his life?
review questions
  1. What do the bread and fruit of the vine represent?
  2. Why did Jesus tell the disciples that one would betray him?
  3. Who offered to pay Judas to betray Christ?
 

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