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NT 33 The Last Supper – Communion
Passage: Luke 22:14-20
Big Idea: Jesus died to save us from sin.
Verse: Romans 5:8 – But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
*Note: The resources to be used with this lesson are found in the corresponding Resource file. [Link]
A. INTRODUCTION (About 10 minutes)
1. DISCUSS HOLIDAYS:
a. Can you name some holidays where you eat a special meal or enjoy special foods?
a. RECORD each response on the chalk/marker board.
b. Examples: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Halloween
2. POINT to each response, one by one, and do the following:
a. What special things do you eat on this day?
b. RECORD each response near the corresponding holiday.
3. Why do we have special meals on these holidays? (Various responses.)
4. EXPLAIN why we have special meals on Holidays:
a. Holidays are special days to celebrate and have a good time.
b. One way people like to celebrate is by eating special foods.
c. These special foods are extra yummy like turkey or candy.
5. INTRODUCE today’s Bible story:
a. In today’s story, Jesus celebrates a special meal with the disciples.
b. They eat special foods.
c. The foods have special meaning.
B. LESSON (About 20-25 minutes)
MATERIALS: NIrV Bible *, Large table, tablecloth, paper plates, paper cups, napkins, candles, lighter, saltine crackers, pitcher of grape juice
* This lesson was designed to be taught from an NIrV Bible.
- Set up a table with enough chairs for each child. Cover it with the tablecloth.
- Place a plate, cup, and napkin in front of each seat.
- Place several candles in the center of the table.
1. EXPLAIN that today’s story is from the New Testament:
a. What is the second half of the Bible called? (The New Testament.)
b. The New Testament is all about Jesus and his followers.
2. EXPLAIN that today’s story takes place during a special meal:
a. Jesus and his disciples were sharing a special meal together.
b. Jesus’ disciples were a group of guys who followed him and learned from him.
c. We’re sitting at a fancy table to pretend we’re at that special meal.
d. The meal took place at night time (ref. 1 Cor. 11:23).
e. TURN off the lights and light the candles.
3. EXPLAIN that this meal was the Passover:
a. Can you name some of the special holiday meals we talked about earlier? (Thanksgiving, Easter, etc.)
b. This special meal was called Passover.
c. Passover was a time when God’s people celebrated being rescued from the country of Egypt.
d. At Passover, God’s people ate special foods to remind them of what God had done.
4. LEAD the children in a sample celebration with food:
a. We don’t have those special Passover foods here, but we can remember what they celebrated.
b. PLACE a saltine cracker on each child’s plate.
c. INSTRUCT the children to hold up their cracker and repeat the following toast after you: “God has rescued us!”
d. INSTRUCT the children to eat their cracker.
5. LEAD the children in a sample celebration with drink:
a. We also don’t have the same thing they drank at Passover, wine, but we can remember what they celebrated.
b. POUR a small amount of grape juice into each child’s cup.
c. INSTRUCT the children to hold up their juice and repeat the following toast after you: “God has saved us!”
d. INSTRUCT the children to drink their juice.
6. EXPLAIN that Jesus added a new thing to remember at this special meal:
a. At Passover, Jesus and his disciples were remembering when God rescued their people from Egypt.
b. Jesus decided to give the disciples a new thing to remember.
7. READ LUKE 22:19, asking the children beforehand to listen for the following words and do the following actions when they hear them:
bread = pretend to eat a sandwich broke it = pretend to snap a breadstick in half
body = lightly pound on your chest memory = tap your temple
8. EXPLAIN that Jesus gave them bread and told them to remember his body:
a. What kind of food did Jesus hand to the disciples? (Bread.)
b. When Jesus gave them bread, he said, “This is my body. It is given for you.”
c. He told the disciples to remember him when they ate it.
d. Why do you think Jesus called the bread his body? (Various responses.)
e. In a few minutes, we’ll explain what Jesus meant.
9. LEAD the children in a demonstration of what Jesus did with the bread:
a. BREAK a saltine cracker and say, “Thank you, God, for this food.”
b. HAND each child a saltine cracker.
c. READ what Jesus said: “This is my body. It is given for you. Every time you eat it, do it in memory of me.”
d. INSTRUCT the children to eat their cracker.
e. Jesus also used another food as a reminder. We’ll read about that next.
10. READ Luke 22:20. Words for the children to listen for:
cup = pretend to drink from a cup poured out = pretend to pour from a cup
11. EXPLAIN that Jesus gave them wine and told them to remember his blood:
a. What did Jesus give his disciples this time? (A cup.)
b. The cup was filled with wine, which is a red-colored drink made from the juice found in grapes.
c. When he gave them the wine, he said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.”
d. He told the disciples to remember him whenever they drank it.
e. Why do you think Jesus called the cup of wine his blood? (Various responses.
f. In a few minutes, we’ll explain what Jesus meant.
12. LEAD the children in a demonstration of what Jesus did with the cup:
a. POUR a small amount of grape juice in each child’s cup.
b. READ what Jesus said: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.”
c. INSTRUCT the children to drink their juice.
13. EXPLAIN that Jesus used the bread and wine to teach the disciples about his death:
a. What did Jesus say the bread was? (His body.)
b. What did Jesus say the wine was? (His blood.)
c. When do people bleed? (When they get injured.)
d. Not too long after Jesus ate this special meal with his disciples, his body was beaten by soldiers.
e. Not too long after this meal, Jesus’ hands and feet were hammered with nails and he bled.
f. Not too long after this meal, Jesus died.
g. Jesus wanted the disciples to think of his body and his blood because he wanted them to remember how he died.
h. Why do you think Jesus wanted his disciples to remember how he died? (Various responses.)
i. The Bible tells us why Jesus died and why it’s important to remember. Let’s read it.
14. READ 1 Tim. 1:15b, starting with “Christ Jesus.” Words for the children to listen for:
save = make the baseball “safe” sign (waving your arms parallel to the ground)
15. EXPLAIN that Jesus came to save sinners:
a. According to this verse, who did Jesus come to save? (Sinners.)
b. A sinner is someone who sins, or disobeys God.
c. How many people have sinned, or disobyed God, at least once? (Everyone.)
d. Jesus wanted his disciples to remember his death because he died to save sinners.
16. EXPLAIN that we still celebrate this meal to remember Jesus’ death:
a. Jesus wanted his disciples to remember his death.
b. People who follow Jesus today are disciples, too.
c Disciples of Jesus, like those at our church, still eat bread and drink wine to remember that Jesus died to save sinners.
d. At church, we have a special celebration where we eat the bread and drink from the cup to remember that Jesus died to save sinners like you and me.
e. We call this time Communion or The Lord’s Supper.
F. INSTRUCT the children to repeat these names after you.
17. DEMONSTRATE to the children what people do at the Lord’s Supper:
a. At our church, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper ( or Communion) to remember that Jesus died to save sinners like you and me.
b. HOLD up a saltine cracker.
c. We remember that Jesus’ body was beaten when he died for us.
d. EAT the cracker.
e. POUR a glass of juice and hold up the cup.
e. We remember that Jesus shed his blood when he died for us.
f. DRINK the juice.
g. We do this so that we always remember that Jesus died to save us.
18. EXPLAIN that today’s big idea is that Jesus died to save us:
a. The purpose of the Lord’s Supper is to remind us that Jesus died to save us.
b. Today’s big idea is “Jesus died to save us.”
c. INSTRUCT the children to repeat the big idea with you.
d. In a little bit, we’ll talk about why Jesus had to die and how we can be saved
C. APPLICATION ACTIVITY
Resources (Dinner Utensil Verses, Food Object), dinner plate, fork, spoon, tableknife
1. REVIEW the story and REMIND the children of the big idea, “Jesus died to save us from sin.”
2. EXPLAIN the activity:
a. Jesus shared a special meal with his disciples and taught them about his death.
b. We’ll be setting up a dinner plate piece by piece.
c. We’ll also be adding blobby scraps of paper in the shape of food to represent our meal.
d. For each piece, we’ll read a verse to help us understand why Jesus died for our sins.
3. REPEAT the following with each dinner utensil, following the chart below:
a. PLACE the utensil on the table.
b. LOOK up the Bible verse attached to the utensil.
c. What does this verse tell us? (See chart below for answer.)
d. PLACE the Food Object with the corresponding answer written on it onto the dinner plate.
4. READ the phrases written on the Food Objects in order. EXPLAIN how one can be saved by believing in Jesus.
5. EXPLAIN how this relates to the Lord’s Supper:
a. In the Lord’s Supper, we eat bread to remind us that Jesus gave up his body when he died for us.
b. We also drink red juice (or wine) to remind us that Jesus shed blood when he died for us.
6. PRAY with the children, thanking Jesus for dying for us and INVITING any unsaved children to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
VERSE // UTENSIL // ANSWER ON FOOD OBJECT
Romans 3:23 // Plate // Everybody sins
Romans 6:23a // Fork // Sin = death
Romans 5:8 // Spoon // Jesus died for our sins
Romans 10:9 // Knife // Believe in Jesus to be saved.
D. VERSE ACTIVITY
Romans 5:8 – But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us
Resource: Verse Cards, clear drinking glasses (12), red food coloring, spoon
- Place the Verse Cards on the table in a long line in proper order.
- Place the drinking glasses in a long line parallel to the Verse Cards, with one glass above each card.
- Fill each glass halfway with water.
1. READ the verse together using the Verse Cards on the table.
2. EXPLAIN the verse:
a. Who died for us? (Jesus Christ.)
b. God the Father showed us he loved us by sending his son, Jesus, to die for us.
c. Even though we sinned (disobeyed God), Jesus still died for us.
3. EXPLAIN the activity:
a. Each time we erase a word or two from the verse, we’ll add some red food coloring to one of these glasses of water.
b. The red water will remind us of the wine Jesus shared with his disciples.
c. The wine represented Jesus’ blood that he shed when he died for us.
4. REPEAT the following until all the Verse Cards have been removed from the table:
a. READ through the verse as a group.
b. ASK a child to do the following:
i. REMOVE a Verse Card from the table.
ii. ADD a drop of food coloring to the glass adjacent to the Verse Card they just removed.
iii. STIR the glass using the spoon.
E. REVIEW ACTIVITY
Play dough (two containers)
1. DIVIDE the children into two groups and have them sit on opposite sides of the room.
2. EXPLAIN the activity:
a. For each question you answer correctly, you’ll get a lump of play dough to shape into a type of food.
b. We’re doing this to help remember the special meal Jesus shared with his disciples.
3. REPEAT the following until all the questions have been answered:
a. ASK one member of a team a question from below. They may consult with their teammates for an answer.
b. GIVE them a small lump of play dough if they answer correctly.
c. INSTRUCT the child to name a type of food and shape the play dough into that food
- Encourage each child to pick a different kind of food.
- Suggestions: Banana, hot dog, apple, grapes
d. ALLOW the child to continue shaping the play dough as you repeat this process with the other team.
e. INSTRUCT the child to place their food-shaped piece of play dough on the table when they are finished.
1. What was the name of the special meal Jesus and his disciples shared? (Passover)
2. When the disciples ate the bread, what did Jesus want them to remember? (His body, broken for them)
3. When t he disciples drank the wine, what did Jesus want them to remember? (His blood shed for them)
4. When we celebrate this special meal in our church, what do we call it? (Communion, Lord’s Supper)
5. Why do we still celebrate this special meal today? (To remember what Jesus did for us.)
6. Why did Jesus have to die for us? (To pay the price for our sins.)
7. How can our sins be forgiven? (By believing that Jesus died and rose again for our sins.)
8. What is today’s big idea? (Jesus died to save us from sin.)
9. What is today’s Bible verse? (Romans 5:8 – But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.)
10. What part of the Bible was today’s story from? (New Testament)