The Last Supper
The Last Supper
Matthew xxvi: 17
Mark xiv: 12 to 31;
Luke xxii: 7 to 38;
xiii: 1, to xvii: 26.
of the days in the week before the Passover, the
disciples came to Jesus at Bethany, and said,
"Master, where shall we make ready the Passover for
you to eat?"
Then Jesus called to himself the two disciples,
Peter and John, and said to them, "Go into the city,
and a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you;
follow him, and go into the house where he goes, and
say to the head of the house, 'The Master says,
"Where is my guest-room; where I can eat the
Passover with my disciples?" '
"And he will himself show you a large upper room,
furnished; there make ready for us."
Peter and John went into Jerusalem, and soon in the
street they saw a man walking toward them carrying a
pitcher of water. They followed him, went into the
house where he took the pitcher, and spoke to the
man who seemed to be its head:
"The Master says, 'Where is the guest-room for me,
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' "
The man led them upstairs, and showed them a larger
upper room, with the table and the couches around
it, all ready for the guests at dinner. Then the
disciples went out, and brought a lamb, and roasted
it; and made ready the vegetables and the thin
wafers of bread made without yeast, for the meal.
On Thursday afternoon, Jesus and his disciples
walked out of Bethany together, and over the Mount
of Olives, and into the city. Only Jesus, who could
read the thoughts of men, knew that one of these
disciples, Judas, had made a promise to the chief
priests to lead them and their servants to Jesus,
when the hour should come to seize him: and Judas
was watching for the best time to do this dreadful
deed. They came into the house, and went upstairs to
the large room, where they found the supper all
ready. The meal was spread upon a table; and around
the table were couches for the company, where each
one lay down with his head toward the table, so near
that he could help himself to the food, while his
feet were at the foot of the couch, toward the wall
of the room. Their feet were bare, for they had all
taken off their sandals as they came in.
Jesus was leaning at the head of the table, and
John, the disciple whom Jesus loved most, was lying
next to him. While they were eating, Jesus took
bread, and gave thanks. Then he broke it, and passed
a piece to each one of the twelve, saying:
"Take, and eat; this is my body which is broken for
you; do this and remember me."
Afterward, he took the cup of wine, and passed it to
each one, with the words:
"This cup is my blood, shed for you, and for many,
that their sins may be taken away; as often as you
drink this, remember me."
While they were still leaning on the couches around
the table, Jesus rose up, and took off his outer
robe, and then tied around his waist a long towel.
He poured water into a basin, and while all the
disciples were wondering, he carried the water to
the feet of one of the disciples, and began to wash
them, just as though he himself were a servant. Then
he washed the feet of another disciple, and then of
still another. When he came to Simon Peter, Peter
said to him, "Dost thou, O Lord, wash my feet?"
Jesus said to him, "What I do, you cannot understand
now, but you will understand it after a time."
"Lord, thou shalt never wash my feet," said Peter.
"If I do not wash you," said Jesus, "then you are
none of mine."
Then Peter said, "O Lord, wash not only my feet, but
my hands and my head too!"
But Jesus said to him, "No, Peter; one who has
already bathed needs only to wash his feet, and then
he is clean. And you are clean, but not all of you."
For he knew that among those whose feet he was
washing was one, the traitor, who would soon give
him up to his enemies. After he had washed their
feet, he put on his garments again, and leaned once
more on his couch, and looked around, and said:
"Do you know what I have done to you? You call me
'Master' and 'Lord,' and you speak rightly, for so I
am. If I, your Lord and Master, have washed your
feet, you also ought to wash each other's feet; for
I have given you an example that you should do to
each other as I have done to you."
By this Jesus meant that all who follow him should
help and serve each other, instead of seeking great
things for themselves.
While Jesus was talking, he became very sad and
sorrowful, and said, "Verily, verily, I say to you,
that one of you that are eating with me shall betray
me, and give me up to those who will kill me."
Then all the disciples looked round on each other,
wondering who was the one that Jesus meant. One
said, and another said, "Am I the one, Lord?"
And Jesus said, "It is one of you twelve men, who
are dipping your hands into the same dish and eating
with me. The Son of Man goes, as it is written of
him; but woe to that man who betrays him and gives
him up to die. It would have been good for that man
if he had never been born."
While Jesus was speaking, Simon Peter made signs to
John across the table, that he, leaning next to
Jesus, should ask him who this traitor was. So John
whispered to Jesus, as he was lying close to him,
"Lord, who is it?"
Jesus answered, but so low that none else heard: "It
is the one to whom I will give a piece of bread
after I have dipped it in the dish."
Then Jesus dipped into the dish a piece of bread,
and gave it to Judas Iscariot, who was lying near
him. And as he gave it, he said, "Do quickly what
you are going to do."
No one except John knew what this meant. Not all
heard what Jesus said to Judas; and those who heard
thought that Jesus was telling him to do something
belonging to the feast, or perhaps, as Judas carried
the money, that he should make some gift to the
poor. But Judas at once went out, for he saw now
that his plan was known, and it must be carried out
now or never. He knew that after the supper Jesus
would go back to Bethany; and he went to the rulers,
told them where they might watch for Jesus on his
way back to Bethany, and went with a band of men to
a place at the foot of the Mount of Olives, where he
was sure Jesus would pass.
As soon as Judas had gone out, Jesus said to the
eleven disciples, "Little children, I shall be with
you only a little while. I am going away; and where
I go, you cannot come now. But when I am gone away
from you, remember this new commandment that I give
you, that you love one another even as I have loved
Simon Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, where are you
Jesus answered, "Where I go, you cannot follow me
now, but you shall follow me afterward."
Peter said to him, "Lord, what, cannot I follow you
even now? I will lay down my life for your sake."
Jesus said, "Will you lay down your life for me? I
tell you, Peter, that before the cock crows
to-morrow morning you will three times deny that you
have ever known me!"
But Peter said, "Though I die, I will never deny
And so said all the other disciples; but Jesus said
to them, "Before morning comes every one of you will
leave me alone. Yet I will not be alone, for the
Father will be with me."
Jesus saw that Peter and all his disciples were full
of sorrow at his words, and he said, "Let not your
hearts be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also
in me. In my Father's house are many houses; if it
were not so, I would have told you; for I am going
to make ready a place for you. And when it is ready,
I will come again, and take you to myself, that when
I am, there you may be also."
Then Jesus talked with the disciples a long time,
and prayed for them. And about midnight they left
the supper-room together, and came to the Mount of
The Last Supper