Jesus and the Last Supper

By: Steve Negley

Posted: February 21, 2022

Category: Daily Devotional

Matthew 26:17-30

17 On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

20 When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve;[c] 21 and while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22 And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, “Surely not I, Lord?” 23 He answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.” 25 Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” He replied, “You have said so.”

26 While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is my blood of the[d] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

30 When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

The last time Jesus ate with His disciples before his death was a powerful meal. It was Passover time, when the lamb was killed for the sins of the Hebrew people. And Jesus knew that this was the final time of sharing with His closet friends before His own death.

  • I wonder how Jesus and the twelve felt that night around the table?
  • I wonder what they thought when Jesus spoke of body and blood?
  • How do I feel when I come to the Lord’s Table?


God, Jesus often shared a meal with those whom He loved. When I wonder about His love for me, remind me of the invitation that is also there for me to receive blessings from His sacrifice as I take my seat at the Table. Amen.