The Last Supper was a significant event in the life of Jesus Christ. It was the final meal that he shared with his disciples before his crucifixion. During this supper, Jesus did several things that would not only become memorable moments but would also shape the course of Christianity forever.
What Did Jesus Do at the Last Supper?
The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet
At the Last Supper, Jesus did something that shocked his disciples. He washed their feet.
This might not seem like a big deal to us today, but back in those days, foot-washing was a job reserved for servants. For someone like Jesus, who was considered a teacher and leader, to take on such a menial task was unheard of.
Jesus wanted to teach his disciples an important lesson about servanthood and humility. He said to them: “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15).
The Institution of the Lord’s Supper
During the Last Supper, Jesus instituted what we now call the Lord’s Supper or Communion. He took bread and wine and gave thanks for them.
Then he broke the bread and gave it to his disciples saying: “Take this and eat it; this is my body.” He then took the cup filled with wine and said: “Drink from it all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:26-28).
Jesus wanted his disciples to remember him every time they ate bread or drank wine together. He knew that soon he would no longer be with them physically, so he left them with a way to remember him and his sacrifice.
The Prediction of His Betrayal
During the Last Supper, Jesus also predicted that one of his disciples would betray him. He said: “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me” (Matthew 26:21).
This shocked the disciples, and they all began to ask Jesus if it was them. Judas Iscariot, who would later betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, was sitting at the table with them.
Jesus knew what was going to happen to him, but he still chose to spend this last meal with his disciples. He wanted to teach them important lessons and prepare them for what was coming.
The Commandment to Love One Another
At the Last Supper, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment. He said: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).
This commandment was not just about loving those who are easy to love. Jesus wanted his disciples to love even their enemies and those who persecute them. He knew that this kind of love would be difficult but essential for his followers.
The Last Supper was a significant event in the life of Jesus Christ. It was a time when he taught his disciples important lessons about servanthood, humility, remembrance, betrayal, and love. These teachings remain relevant today and continue to shape the course of Christianity.
As we remember the Last Supper today through Communion or other means, let us not forget these essential teachings that Jesus left us with. Let us strive to live lives marked by servanthood, humility, remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, forgiveness towards those who betray us, and love for all those around us.