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  The Great Bible Story #110
The last supper

Jacob Ninan
While He was in Bethany Jesus arranged with someone to lend Him a colt of a donkey. The disciples put their coats on the donkey and Jesus rode on it, headed for Jerusalem. This was another fulfilment of prophecy. As the people saw Him, they thought that this was the Messiah coming to set up His kingdom. So they placed their coats on the ground for Jesus to pass over, and waved palm leaves over Him, shouting, "Hosanna," meaning 'Save, Lord', and "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David." But Jesus only went into the Temple and then returned to Bethany.

The next day He came back to the Temple and drove out the merchants there who were making money with a pretext of serving God. He said the Temple was supposed to be a house of prayer and they had turned it into a den of thieves!

The night before the Passover, Jesus met with His disciples to eat together for the last time. As they were seated together, He took a basin of water and a towel and began to wash their feet. He told them He was doing this to illustrate how they were to serve one another.

As they began to eat, He said that one of them was going to betray Him. When John asked Him who, He indicated it by taking a piece of bread and giving it to Judas. As soon as Judas got it, he got up and went out, since he had already decided to betray Jesus and Satan had entered him.

Jesus led the dinner that night by declaring to them that He was going to establish a new covenant between God and man. He took bread, blessed it, broke it and distributed it to them saying it represented His body which was broken for them. Then He took the wine, declaring it represented His blood which was going to ratify the new covenant. Jesus told them that they were to do this regularly as a memorial of what He had done for them.

After this, Jesus was sad that all of them was going to leave Him. Peter spoke up and said that he wouldn't leave Him even if everyone else did. Jesus told him that he would deny Him thrice before the cock crowed the next morning. But He also told him that even though Satan wanted permission to attack Peter seriously, He had prayed for him, hoping that once Peter returned to Him in repentance, he would be able to build up others in their faith.

After this they sang a song together and moved to the Mount of Olives where there was a garden called Gethsemane.

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