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The Last Supper Question 1: Jesus' last meal with the disciples has become very important for Christians today. Using Mark's Gospel explain this importance for Jesus and his disciples. Christians throughout the world, have many different names, practices, and interpretations of the Last Supper. But the main significance for all Christians is that when Jesus and his disciples went to the "large upstairs room, prepared and furnished", where they were going to prepare like any other Jew for the "supposedly" joyous celebration of the Passover, that it was to be Jesus' last, which he already had knowledge of. The different names given to the service, usually help[s us understand the emphasis which is being given. For example; Thanksgiving, Communion, Last Supper and Holy Meal. However, to truly understand the celebration of the Eucharist today, we must look into its history and the importance it had for those who first celebrated it. ...read more.


Follow him to the house he enters, and say to the owner of the house: 'The teacher says, where is the room where my disciples and I will eat the Passover meal?' Then he will show you a large upstairs room, prepared and furnished, where you will get everything ready for us." (Mk14: 13-15) It was clearly evident that Jesus wants everything to go to plan. He even told the disciples to follow a man carrying a water jar. Such water carrying was commonly thought of as "women's work", in those days, and not related t men in any way, so a man carrying a jar would have been noticeable. Jesus was going to suffer and die, and his body would be the new covenant between God and his people. The covenant is the name given to the arrangement between God and humanity. Jesus stresses its importance over the cup: "This is my blood which is poured out for many, my blood which seals God' covenant." (Mk14: 24) ...read more.


He had to make sure that it was understood clearly by his disciples that whenever they repeat his actions he would be present with them again. They re-presented the sacrifice he made of himself. This is why you can see that Jesus could not take the risk of being arrested before his mission was complete, so that he could be God's obedient 'suffering servant'. He had to make sure that his disciples would continue in their faith to spread the word of God and overcome their fears of persecution and stand up to their beliefs. Jesus then ends the meal with the vow of abstinence: "I tell you, that never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine in the Kingdom of God." (Mk14: 25) This reflects the Jewish idea of the Messianic banquet, when Jesus will celebrate with his followers once again at the end of time. Jesus is saying that now only is the end near but that he is about to complete his work. His life now belongs to God and his coming Kingdom. ...read more.

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