I’ve read many commentaries on the last supper, but none of them quite get it right. Most discussions focus on what Jesus said at the end of the meal when he spoke about his body and blood being given for us. But that’s not what I find most compelling about this passage. Instead, I’m drawn to how Jesus responds to his disciples’ request for him to show them who he is. In fact, I think he says something incredibly profound in response to this request: “I know whom I have chosen” (John 13:18).
What Did Jesus Say At The Last Supper
1. John 13:12-17
I think Jesus was trying to teach us how to treat others, but I also think he was showing us how we should view him as well: He is our leader, friend, teacher, and servant. When you look at it this way, doesn’t it make more sense that he would be telling his disciples what they needed to do? In fact, if you look at the context of John 13:12-17, Jesus says “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
His statement here is not just about washing feet (although there are important lessons there), but rather it’s a call for his followers’ obedience in other areas of their lives as well. We know that Jesus knows best because he lived out every aspect of being human perfectly—even when it meant suffering beyond what most people can comprehend.
2. Luke 22:19-20
- Luke 22:19-20: “And taking bread, he gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.'”
- Matthew 26:26-28: Then he took a cup and offered it to them saying “Drink from it all of you; For this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” When they had sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
3. Matthew 26:27-28
This passage from Matthew 26:27-28 reads, “And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them saying, ‘Drink of it all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant which is poured out for many unto remission of sins. As often as ye drink this cup, do this in remembrance of Me.’”
Jesus was saying that the bread and wine were symbols of his body and blood. They are given to us as a memorial or reminder so that we can remember him whenever we eat bread or drink wine.
4. John 6:35, 51
John 6:35, 51
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
5. Luke 22:17-18
Luke 22:17-18 says, “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: for I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks.”
The first part of this verse is known as “the institution narrative” because it describes the event when Jesus instituted communion during The Last Supper. The second part is also known as “the narrative about drinking” because it tells us what happened after Jesus instituted communion (during which time he said they should eat his body).
If you look at these two parts in order — where Jesus says “This is my body…do this in remembrance of me” followed by him saying “This cup is the new covenant…” — then you’ll notice that each sentence uses unique language that emphasizes different things about Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf.
6. In summary, the words Jesus said at the last supper would have been very significant and powerful to those that were there to hear them.
Jesus’ words at the last supper are very significant. He is referred to as the light of the world, the bread of life, living water, and also as a gate. He is also referred to as being truthful and live. Jesus also went on to say that he was a resurrection and that he would die for us so that we could be forgiven. In summary, these would have been powerful words spoken by Jesus at this event because they showed his love for us all (even though we were not perfect) which is why we celebrate it every year on Christmas Day!!
The last supper was a significant event in Christianity and the words that Jesus spoke are still revered today. This article was meant to give you an overview of what happened at that dinner and what Jesus may have said during it. For more information on this topic, please visit our website where there is more detailed information available for download in PDF format