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Sunday March 22, 2020
“Jesus Breaks the Bread”
It was almost time for the celebration of Passover, and Jesus knew his death was drawing near. During his last few days, he took every opportunity to prepare his disciples for the coming events. But like most of his teachings in those last days, the disciples didn’t fully understand. They would never have guessed that Jesus’ death was part of God’s plan or that they would ever turn their back on Jesus. His words didn’t make sense to them until after Jesus rose from the Grave.
Jesus sent two of his disciples into Jerusalem to prepare a place for them to have the Passover meal. They were to look for a sign: a man carrying a water jar. That was an unusual sight, because the women traditionally carried the water. The disciples found the man, and he led them to a room they could use. The disciples prepared the meal, and everything was ready when Jesus and the others arrived. The meal began after sunset. They all reclined beside low tables, which was the fashion for banquets at the time.
As they ate, Jesus surprised the disciples by saying one of them would betray him. Deeply saddened by Jesus’ statement, the disciples began to ask, “it’s not me, is it?” Jesus’ response that the betrayer was the one who was eating bread with him added to the disciples’ dismay. Betraying someone who had shared bread with you was unthinkable for Jews at that time.
Explaining the elements of Passover meal was a part of the Passover tradition. Each element was symbolic of God’s deliverance of the Jews in the Exodus. Jesus identified his mission with the Passover, indicating that he would bring a new deliverance to all humankind.
Jesus took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples. He said, “That this, my body.” He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them in drink. He said, “This is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many.” Jesus’ words were a picture of his impending death, presenting his broken body and his shed blood. When we observe the Lord’s Supper, we are reminded of what Jesus did for us and the covenant.
Find Mark 14:12-26 in your bible. Read the story together.
Have you ever had a special meal for someone who was going away? How did you feel during the meal?
Interact with the Bible Story
Remembering the Last Supper is a way we can serve God and allow God’s Spirit to make us stronger. Let’s read the story.
What do Jesus’ words mean to you? How do they help us serve God better today?
Unit Bible Verse
Our verse for Unit 1 is John 13:14 – “If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other’s feet.”
Memory is a wonderful gift we have. Remember the important times with your family and church. and remember how much God loves you and what Jesus did for you. Let’s say together, “Do this in rememberance of me.”
Video Bible Story
Follow the link below for a short, cartoon telling of The Last Supper!
Dear God, help us to remember what Jesus did for us and how much you love us. We love you; in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
“Count the Disciples”
Jesus and his disciples shared a meal together. Count the number of disciples in the picture.
“What Doesn’t Belong? Puzzle”
Jesus and his disciples shared a last meal together. Today we celebrate this meal and call it the Lord’s Supper or Communion. Look closely at your picture for things that don’t belong in the picture. Circle ten items that shouldn’t be in the picture.
Hidden Pictures Puzzle
Jesus and his disciples shared the Passover meal. Then Jesus showed them a way to remember and celebrate him using bread and wine to symbolically represent his body and blood. Look in your picture for twelve hidden items and circle them.
After they have found the hidden pictures:
Why did Jesus and the disciples celebrate Passover?
(to remind them of God’s deliverance of the Jews from Slavery in Egypt)
Do you know what Jesus did differently at this meal from the previous Passover Celebrations?
Jesus used the bread and wine to explain about what was going to happen to him. Jesus said it would be thier last supper together.
The Love Feast is a Christian Fellowship meal that helps us remember the meals Jesus shared with his disciples during his ministry. It expresses the fellowship enjoyed by the community of faith.
Family Follow-Up Activities
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