Every year the Jews celebrate a feast called the Passover. God had told the Jewish people to remember the Passover for all generations because that was when He saved their ancestors from the Egyptians at the time of Moses. (Exodus 12:24-28; Luke 22:7)
Jesus and the Twelve Apostles needed a place to eat the Passover feast. So, the Savior sent Peter and John to find a room and see that everything was ready for the feast. (Luke 22:8)
They found a room and prepared the feast. (Luke 22:9-13)
Jesus and all the Apostles went there and they ate the Passover feast. (Luke 22:14-16)
During the Passover meal, Jesus took unleavened bread in His hands, blessed it, and then broke it into pieces. He told the Apostles to eat the bread. (Matthew 26:26; Luke 22:19)
Jesus told them to think of His body when they ate the bread. He asked them to remember that He was going to die for them. (Matthew 26:26; Luke 22:19)
Jesus poured fruit of the vine into a cup and He blessed the cup and told the Apostles to drink it. (Matthew 26:27, 29)
Jesus told them to think of His blood when they drank the grape juice. He asked them to remember that He would bleed and suffer for the sins of all people. (Matthew 26:28; Luke 22:20)
Jesus also told the Apostles that wicked men would soon kill Him. Eleven of the Apostles were very sad. They loved the Savior and did not want Him to die. Jesus knew that one of the Apostles would help the wicked men. His name was Judas Iscariot. (Matthew 26:20-25)
During the Passover feast, Jesus told His Apostles that they should love one another as He had loved them. If they did this, people would know they were His disciples. And if we love Jesus, that is what we should do also. (John 13:34-35)
He said that if the Apostles loved Him, they would keep His commandments. He promised them the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would teach them all they needed to know and would help them remember the things Jesus had taught them. (John 14:15-18, 26)
And He taught them many more things that evening. And then He prayed to God, His Father.
Jesus Christ prayed that His Apostles would be united and also prays for all those who believe in Him. He wanted them to teach people to believe in Him and to know that Heavenly Father loves them. (John 17:6-26)
Then Jesus and the Apostles sang a hymn and left the room and went out to the Mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:30)
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Goodbye, until next time; when we will learn about what happened in the garden of Gethsemane.
Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.
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