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10 facts about The Last Supper

'The Last Supper' by Leonardo Da Vinci (15th century)

10 Facts about The Last Supper

  • Jesus and his 12 disciples had their last supper together in the upper room in Jerusalem.

  • The Last Supper took place on the first day of the Passover Festival which was also known as the feat of unleavened bread.

  • It was at this supper that Jesus announced that one of them would betray him and it would be the man who dipped his bread with him. Judas Iscariot was that man.

  • Jesus said that it would be better for his betrayer if he had not been born.

  • Jesus prayed and thanked God for the meal and then broke the unleavened bread, shared it and told the disciples to eat it. He explained that the bread was a symbol of his body that was going to be broken for them.

  • He shared the wine with his disciples and revealed that this was a symbol of his blood which was going to be shed for them.

  • Jesus went on to explain that this sacrifice was a new covenant for the forgiveness of their sins and that in the future they should eat the bread and drink the wine so that they could remember this sacrifice.

  • The majority of churches throughout the world celebrate Holy Communion today in commemoration of this last supper.

  • After the supper Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. This was a symbolic act which revealed that Jesus saw himself as a servant. He instructed his disciples to wash each other’s feet so that they became servants of each other.

  • There are many paintings of the Last Supper and the 15th century painting by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the more famous ones.

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