The Last Supper

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The Last Supper

The Last SupperOn the day of the Jewish* holiday Passover,** Jesus sent His two disciples, Peter and John, to prepare the feast.  They asked Him, “Where will you have us prepare it?”

Jesus told them to enter the city where they would meet a man carrying a jar (кувшин) of water.  “…follow him into the house which he enters, and tell the householder, ‘The teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?’  And he will show you a large upper room furnished; there make ready.” (Luke 22:10-12)  The disciples went and found all as Jesus had told, and they prepared the Passover feast.

When evening came, Jesus and His twelve disciples sat around the table.  And Jesus said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you I shall not eat it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 22:15-16)

And as they were eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Мe.”  And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to Him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” (Matthew 26:21-22)  Judas Iscariot, who had already received thirty pieces of silver for betraying Jesus, also asked, “Is it I, Master?”  He said to him, “You have said so.” (Matthew 26:25)

Jesus took bread, blessed it and said, “Take, eat; this is My Body.”  And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of 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)

*Jewish [ˈdʒuːɪʃ] еврейский
**Passover [ˈpɑːs əuvəʳ] еврейская Пасха