The Last Supper – Maundy Thursday

Key Facts:


Jesus and his disciples


An upper room in a house in Jerusalem

What happened?

Jesus had his last meal with his disciples

Key Verse:

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

1 Corinthian 11:23-25


When it was time to eat the Passover supper, Jesus and his friends (the disciples) went to an upper room in a house in Jerusalem. Jesus took a towel and a bowl of water and began to wash his disciples’ feet. Peter, his trusted disciple, did not understand the reason he did this, but Jesus explained that it was an example of how we should continue to love and care for one another.

On the table was lamb and bread and wine. Jesus explained that this was the last time they would eat together, as he would be arrested the following day and crucified. The disciples protested, but he told them that one of them had already accepted money to betray him. This was a man called Judas, who slipped away from the table to do the deed.

Jesus took a chunk of bread and said a prayer of thanks before breaking it and passing it round to the other disciples. “This is my body,” he said, “I give it up for you. Take it and eat it and remember me.”

Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks for that also. “This is my blood. Take it and drink it, and remember me/”

After the meal had ended they went with him to a garden called Gethsemane, where he prayed to God, – but the disciples were tired and fell asleep.



What happens next?

Jesus was right – he was arrested and tried. The story continues on Good Friday.