On February 27, 2013, we begin our “Countdown to the Resurrection” with our teaching on The Passion of Christ. Over the next five weeks, we will study Matthew Chapters 26-28. In these chapters we will learn more about the betrayal, trial, denial, conviction, suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Come learn about the Passion of Jesus and how these last three chapters in the Gospel of Matthew contain the essence of the Good News for Christians.
Here in week nine of 2013, we will study Matthew 26:1-30, which shows us the betrayal of Jesus by one of his own and introduces us to the origin of the Lord’s Supper. Please read the assigned chapters and answer these questions:

  1. What is meant by the term “the Passion of Christ? Where in the New Testament did it originate?
  2. Who was Caiaphas? Why do you think he and the chief priests and elders did not want to kill Jesus during the Passover celebration?
  3. Why do you think the disciples got upset with the woman who poured the perfume on Jesus’ feet while he had dinner at Simon the Leper’s house? What was the woman’s name that poured the perfume on Jesus’ feet?
  4. Who did Judas Iscariot go to see to betray Jesus? How much money did they give him to sell out Jesus? Why do you think Judas did such a thing?
  5. What was the Passover? How and why did the Passover get started?
  6. Why did they call the Passover “Feast of Unleavened Bread”?
  7. Where in this Scripture do we see how Judas gave himself away as the one who had betrayed Jesus? How did Jesus confirm Judas’ betrayal?
  8. Where in this section of Matthew do you see the origin of the Last Supper? Why do you think it has been called the Last Supper?
  9. Why do you think this final meal of Jesus and his disciples became known as the Lord’s Supper and now Holy Communion?
  10. Was Judas still in the room when Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper? How do you know?
  11. Matthew 26:26 says Jesus took the bread and blessed it before breaking it and giving it to the disciples. Do you think this blessing by Jesus was the same as saying grace before the Last Supper? Why or why not?
  12. What do you think is so powerful about what Jesus said in Matthew 26:28 about his blood being the “new covenant” and the sign of atonement?
  13. Which verse confirms that Jesus did drink wine while he was alive?
  14. Which hymn or hymns do you think they sang as they went out into the Mount of Olives? Why do you think they stopped in the Mount of Olives?

REFLECTION: What did you learn about the Passover and the Lord’s Supper that will help you on First Sunday when we have Holy Communion?