• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

R.E. Coursework: Last Supper

Extracts from this document...


Alvin Ramsamy R.E. Coursework: Last Supper The Last Supper The last supper was a celebration of the Passover as Jesus was Jewish, and celebrated it. To Jesus and most Jews this was the most important meal in the Jewish year. The Passover meal commemorates the Exodus; In Old Testament times Israelites were slaves in Egypt. God asked Moses to go to the Pharaoh and demand the freedom of his people, but the Pharaoh refused. To make him change his mind God sent ten plagues to Egypt. The tenth plague made the Pharaoh change his mind; it was the death of the entire first born of Egypt. Moses had told the Jews they would escape the fate of the tenth plague by performing a special ceremony, given to Moses by God. They had to kill a lamb and then sprinkle the doorposts of their houses with the lamb's blood. This was an indication to the Angel of Death, which God had sent, to 'Passover' there houses. They ate a special meal while this was happening, which consist of fresh flat bread, with roast lamb and bitter herbs. Every year to this day Jews celebrate the Passover. During the meal the father of the family explains to the youngest child, he says, on this night god saved his people and freed them from slavery. ...read more.


The Jewish festival of Passover is a great help in understanding the Christian celebration of the Eucharist. The Disciples were confused, as they didn't understand why he was saying these things, when Jesus made the accusation that one of the disciples would betray him they all said, 'you don't mean me' which meant they were unsure of there faith towards Jesus. The Last Supper was a celebration of the Passover only Jesus changed the meaning of some of the foods. Christians today have different names and meanings for the Last Supper. The different names for this celebration are Eucharist, Holy Communion, the Lords Supper and the Mass. The word Eucharist means thanksgiving. Christians give thanks, as Jesus did, for the bread and wine, and the work of mankind. This spiritual thanksgiving is much better in the Orthodox Liturgy. It gives God thanks for what he has done for his people in rescuing them from sin. Holy Communion is the sharing of bread and wine, which emphasis the Christian believing in Jesus as saviour and Lord. This service brings Christ's followers together in unity. The Lords Super is a way of saying that Christians unite and obey what Jesus said at the Last Supper. The Roman Catholic Chuch uses the name The Mass. ...read more.


This is one reason why churches can't unite. This celebration, which should have been the unifying factor within Christianity, became a matter or quarrel. The three problems that they tend to disagree on are: The interpretation of the words of Jesus, the interpretation of what happens to the bread and wine and the meaning of the service by whatever name it is called. Of course there is some agreement Christian Churches agreed that Jesus instituted the meal out the Last Supper. Also when the Church meets to celebrate the Eucharist, Jesus is present in the whole celebration, and is received by faith. That the Eucharist remembers the death and resurrection of Jesus. That the celebrating of the Eucharist is a means of communion with Jesus and each other. Also that through the Eucharist, the church looks forward to the time when Jesus will come again and establish the kingdom of God on earth. Christians hope that form these agreements, they can look for ways to unit their faith, so that one day all Christians will be able to celebrate the Eucharist is important if you are of that faith. I believe it should only be celebrated once a year, like Christmas, this would bring more importance to it as more Christians would all celebrate it on the same day. Due to different people having different beliefs there will never be one Christian united church. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Christmas section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Christmas essays

  1. What did the Last Supper mean for Jesus?

    In the Old Covenant the Last Supper would have been a Passover meal, which was a lead up to the 10 commandments, but in the New Covenant the Last Supper, was a Eucharistic meal. Catholics universally accept the New Covenant.

  2. How Christians Interpret And Celebrate The Last Supper Today

    Holy Communion has four main meanings. The first is remembrance. Holy Communion commemorates the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Corinthians 11:23-25 writes that Jesus took and broke the bread, referred to it as his body and said, ' Do this in remembrance of me.'

  1. Examine how different writers present the theme of Christmas

    This is compared to the time when Jesus was born in the stable all those years ago which is very real and there is nothing fake about it. It shows the two opposite ideas.

  2. Holy communion.

    * Lord's Supper: In the same way as the disciples shared the Last Supper with Jesus, they can share the meal now with the spiritual sense of Jesus with them. Other Free Church Christians such as Baptist prefer to use the title Lord's Supper.

  1. The Last Supper.

    and that the knife is held behind a back that Da Vinci is showing the back stabbing nature of Judas. Da Vinci has also made extremely good use of a focal point in this picture too, using Jesus' head as the focal point.

  2. Festivals Coursework:Lent, Holy Week and Easter

    The curtain in the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus called out loud, "Father, into Your hands I entrust My Spirit." After He said this, He died. When the captain saw what had happened, he praised God and said, "This Man certainly was righteous." (Luke 23:44-47) In the evening there came a rich man from Arimathea by the

  1. Explain the term the Eucharist.

    us the courage, strength and guidance we need to follow God's teachings. The Eucharist can be understood as different names in other Christian denominations. We can celebrate the Eucharist in order to give thanks for Jesus giving up his life for us in order to save us from sin.

  2. "Attending the service of Holy Communion is the most important

    The final person says, "When I take the communion cup of wine I am reminded that the blood of Jesus consequently forgives my sin" this person view shows us that the wine is again a symbol for the washing away of sins.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work