The Last Supper
The Last Supper is what we call the last meal Jesus ate with His disciples before His betrayal and arrest. It was also more than Jesus’ last meal; it was a Passover meal, as well.
Passover was an especially holy event for Jewish people in that it commemorated the time when God spared them from the plague of physical death and brought them out of slavery in Egypt.
During the Last Supper with His apostles, Jesus took two symbols associated with Passover and gave them fresh meaning. He wanted His disciples to remember His sacrifice and also to remember that He was saving people from spiritual death and would deliver them from spiritual bondage if they would believe on Him and accept His sacrifice.
Jesus’ words during the Last Supper about the unleavened bread and the cup of wine, echo what He said after He fed the 5,000:
“I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
The Last Supper is remembered today when we take communion. Communion is when we take a portion of these two symbols—the bread and the wine to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us.