‘From the Last Supper to the Lord’s Supper’ (Matthew 26:17-30)

While artists have long tried to portray the last Supper scene, in Matthew 26:17-30, Matthew records the facts of how Jesus ate the Passover with his twelve disciples just before his death. By taking this meal which all Jews knew well, and adding new symbols that would point to his death, Jesus turned the Passover meal into something his disciples now use to remember him. The meal not only looks back but has a future aspect as it points forward to the day when believers will eat and drink with him in the glory of heaven.