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

The Eucharist

Extracts from this document...


The Eucharist Jesus' last meal with his disciples has become very important for Christians today. Using Mark's gospel explains the importance of the meal for Jesus and his disciples. Explain how Christian's may interpret this meal and celebrate it today. The "Last Supper" in Mark's gospel is actually called the "lord's supper." Jesus and his disciples had their supper in a St Marks mothers house. They were there to celebrate the pass over feast. A lamb had been sacrificed for them to eat. Jesus had instructed his disciples to prepare the room where they were to dine. The upper room was to be occupied by Jesus and the disciples. This was a Jewish tradition. Jesus then arrived with the disciples. As they got settled, Jesus said an unsettling prophecy. "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me- one of you that is sitting with us tonight." Many of them were in disbelief. After he had told them this sad prophecy, Jesus then "broke the bread and shared it among his disciples and gave thanks to God." Jesus then took out a cup and "gave it thanks and offered it to them." ...read more.


In church we see church we see priest and alter boys and girls serving God and others. These people are following the example that Jesus showed to his disciples. The "Last Supper" was also a time for Jesus to tell his disciples that he wasn't going to be with them forever. He wasn't going to be with them for three days now, but he knew that after he resurrected, he would be returning to heaven to be with his father forever. Jesus' departure for now was like a test for his disciples. It was like a test for a herd of sheep to go on without their shepherd. The disciples were the sheep and Jesus was the shepherd. Jesus' disciples would need a new leader a new shepherd. At the "Last Supper," Jesus makes it clear to all of his disciples what they are to do to become the leader or the greatest. Today in the modern world the pope John Paul ii is the modern day leader of the Catholic Church. Pope John Paul ii became pope in 1978. He is the first non-Italian pope since the 16th century. ...read more.


Yet not what I wilt, but what thou wilt." From this prayer, Christian's today can discover that there was a close relationship between Jesus and God. He was frightened of his death and he wanted to be released from the crucifixion, but only if God was willing to except this to happen. Jesus soon returned back to the three disciples that he had chosen to come with him. He found them a sleep when he had returned. This was the third time that this had happened. "Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the son of man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners." Judas arrives with the chief priest. He kissed Jesus. This was the signal that he had planned with the chief priest. Jesus was then arrested. Judas had betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Conclusion The Last Supper could interpret Christians today as they can as a celebration of mass. The body of Christ (Eucharist) is the centre of meant to be at the Christians lives. Without it, the Christian community wouldn't have enough to remember Jesus by. This is because we would only hear gospel readings about Jesus and we would only read about his miracles instead of experiencing the miracle of transformation between the bread into the body of Christ. ...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. Jesus' Last Days

    He was eventually put on the cross on the third hour (9.00 a.m.) and remained there until the ninth hour (3.00 p.m.) The Roman soldiers gambled for his clothes as prophesised: "For my rainment they cast lots". (Lots - dice).

  2. How Christians Interpret And Celebrate The Last Supper Today

    Various Christians interpret The Last Supper differently. The Roman Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Churches believe that the Eucharist becomes a special medium for the presence of Christ, and that by eating and drinking it they can draw closer to God.

  1. Caedmon’s Hymn

    The Dream of the Rood was written to target the early non-Christians in the late 7th and early 8th centuries. The purpose for the story or poem, as it might be called, was to convert them from their pagan beliefs to the Christian religion.

  2. What happened to Jesus' body?

    can not believe in the resurrection then the only plausible theory remains is the hallucination. However this is questionable. As 4Guy states that if the resurrection stories are a result of mass-hallucination or wishful thinking, it is a strange psychological phenomenon so unlike any other ever recorded that you really

  1. The Last Supper

    Still resting? Enough! The time has come. I, the Son of Man, am betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let's be going. See, My betrayer is here!" Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested And immediately, as He said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a mob that was armed with swords and clubs.

  2. Using St. Marks Gospel, explain why Jesus' last meal in the upper room was ...

    In Mark 14:12-21 it tells us, Jesus had planned to meet his disciples. He kept it secret to make sure he has that one last meal with them. When they asked Jesus where to meet him, he replied through two of the disciples saying, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you.

  1. Explain the term the Eucharist.

    They believe that the sacrifice of Jesus and the forgiveness of sin through us repenting are represented in the sacrament. Mass is mainly celebrated by Roman Catholics which they believe is a sacred meal and portrays love and unity within the community.

  2. Jesus Christ was one of the world's greatest religious leaders.

    Child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him" (Luke 2:40). Jesus probably grew up in Nazareth and helped Joseph in his carpentry work. Public life Jesus' public life began after He was baptized by John the Baptist in Judea with water from the River Jordan.

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