Little did the disciples know that the Passover meal would be Jesus’ last meal on earth. What a experience to sit with our Savior and witness the breaking of bread and pouring of wine, symbolizing Christ’s sacrifice for us. In this season leading up to Easter, be encouraged and reminded of Christ’s incredible love for you and ask yourself how you are being called to sacrifice yourself for others.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned about the last supper, Jesus’ last meal on earth. He explained to His disciples that everything He was doing was because He loved them. He also told them one of His helpers would betray Him for just a few coins. He then took bread and broke it. He told the disciples His body would be broken like the bread. He took wine and drank it. The wine was like His blood that would spill to cover our sins. He told His friends to think of Him when they ate and drank to remember all He had done for them. After dinner Jesus and the disciples went to the garden to pray. Jesus agonized about the sin He would carry to the cross with Him and asked God to help Him. (Matthew 26:20-30; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-30, 39-53; and John 13:21-30)
- Jesus is our Passover Lamb.
- Jesus loves you!
- Jesus wants us to remember that He gave His Life for us.
"But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Romans 5:8 (NLT)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that Jesus is the Passover Lamb:
1. A Meal with Friends
While at the grocery store, let your child pick out some rolls and juice. Talk with your child about how Jesus shared a meal with his friends. Ask your child what he would like to have to eat during a meal with his friends. Invite a few of his friends over and have a simple meal.
2. The Last Supper
Grab a large white paper plate that doesn’t have any designs on it and a paper cup. Around the edge of the plate let your child decorate it with pictures of things he is thankful for using crayons, markers or stickers. Let your child do the same to the outside of the paper cup.
ACT it out...
Spread a table cloth over the table or on the floor. Grab several stuffed animals to be Jesus’ friends and line them up around the cloth. Use the paper plate and cup from the earlier activity and the rolls and juice you picked up from the store. Pass out the rolls, pour the juice and read the story about the last supper from the Bible. Ask your child these questions to create discussion.
- How did Jesus celebrate the Passover feast with his friends?
- Can you remember anything Jesus said to his friends?
- Which one of Jesus' friends told the soldiers where he was?
- Who is our Passover Lamb?
3. At the Supper
Sing this song about the Last Supper to the tune of Wheels on the Bus:
The friends of Jesus like to eat and eat, eat and eat, eat and eat
The friends of Jesus like to eat and eat, At the supper
Jesus took the wine and poured it all, poured it all, poured it all
Jesus took the wine and poured it all, at the supper
Jesus took the bread and broke it up, broke it up, broke it up
Jesus took the bread and broke it up, at the supper
Jesus showed friends his love and love, love and love, love and love
Jesus showed friends his love and love, at the supper
Jesus, I know you sacrificed your life for me because you love me so much. Thank you for your wonderful gift! Help me to honor you by serving others the way you served. Help me to put others before myself.
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