The Last Supper – A Poem
Today is Maundy Thursday, the celebration of the last Passover meal that Jesus shared with His disciples before His arrest, trial, and crucifixion. Not all Christian denominations hold services on this Holy day, but I am so glad that the Lutheran church I attend does. The Maundy Thursday service is one of my favorite services of the whole year, topped only by Easter and Christmas Eve services. I also appreciate the Good Friday service, but it is much more somber.
The last supper is when Jesus instituted the sacrament of communion, the breaking of bread — His body broken for us — and the sharing of wine — His blood shed for us — all for the forgiveness of our sins. During this last Passover meal, Jesus replaced the old covenant, which required continual animal sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins, with the new covenant of His own sacrifice as the Lamb of God, which is sufficient for the forgiveness of all sin for those who repent and believe.
The Last Supper
The hour was late
His time was near
Emmanuel would be a sacrifice dear
Lamb for the Passover
All the disciples partake
Soon a new covenant
The Savior would make
Setting the table in the
Upper room for the feast
Prepared in advance His last
Passover meal; He broke bread without yeast
E‘er you eat the bread and drink the wine
Remember Him, who for you became least
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
Luke 22:19-20 (NIV).
Loved the poem…based on your previous response, I am using this in our bulletin this week as well, with credit given. Thank you.
Pastor Bill Crow
First Southern Baptist Church
500 Arizona St.
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Hi Bill, Glad you liked it. Please send me a copy of the bulletin you are printing the poem in. I like to keep copies of everywhere it is printed. Thanks. If you go to my Facebook page (link in the sidebar) you can message me and I’ll give you my mailing address.
I came upon your poem by accident,no accident I was searching and I found your amazing words were just what I needed. Thank you Linda
I agree – no accident. I’m glad the Lord brought you here and you were blessed. Peace, Linda
I think you outdid yourself with this one, Linda. I loved how it covered so much, just like Jesus on the cross, covering all our sin. God bless you as you continue to write just what we need to hear. 🙂
Deb, This is another that came to me while I was on my knees praying the other morning. I had decided the title and acrostic phrase a few days before then couldn’t figure out what to write. But then when I turned it over to the Lord, the words came flooding into my mind. He is so awesome! Peace, Linda
I shall remember.
Ann, I know you will! Peace, Linda
This poem is incredible. May I use it in our bulletin? I will most definitely list you as the author. Thank you
Pastor Scot Schlittler
Madisonville Christian Church
Madison Twp PA 18444
(We are a little country church in the North Pocono area of Pennsylvania 🙂 .
Hi Pastor Schlittler, Thank you. I’m glad you like this poem. Yes, you may print it in your church bulletin. Please note that it appears in my poetry book “Rejoice! Rejoice! Poems for the Holidays.” Also, I would love to have a copy of the bulletin for my records. If you would send me an email at lindalk48 at gmail.com I’ll give you my mailing address. Peace and grace, Linda
This was really special. Thank you for sharing it.
You’re very welcome! You are special, too. 🙂 Peace, Linda