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New Testament Notes

Last Supper

Last Supper, the last meal Christ took with his 12 disciples, is described in all four Gospels (Matthew 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-23; John 13:1-30). Knowing his hour had come and that he must leave this world, Jesus ordered the Passover supper be organized in the house of a certain man. (Passover is the Jewish festival celebrating Exodus from the Egyptian imprisonment).
    Before the supper Christ “rose from the table, took off his outer garment and, taking a towel, tied it round him. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash his disciples’ feet and to wipe them with a towel.
When he came to Simon Peter, Peter protested that the Lord must not wash the feet of his disciples and that he will never let Jesus wash his feet. Jesus replied, 'You do not understand now what I am doing, but one day you will.' 'If I do not wash you you have no part with me.' (John 13: 6-8). After washing their feet Jesus put on his garment and sat down again. (John 13:4-5).
See: Duccio di Buoninsegna.  Maestà: The Washing of Feet.
Giotto. Washing of the Feet.
Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto. Washing of the Feet.

During the supper Jesus said that one of his disciples would betray him, but ‘it would be better for that man if he had never been born’ (Matthew 26:24). Then Judas spoke, the one who was to betray him: ‘Rabbi, surely you do not mean me?’ Jesus replied, ‘You have said it.’ (Matthew 26:25).
     During supper Jesus took bread, broke it , and gave to his disciples with the words: ‘Take this and eat; this is my body.’ (Matthew 26:26). Then he took a cup with wine and offered it to the disciples: 'Drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, never again shall I drink from this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in the kingdom of my Father.' (Matthew 26:27- 29).
    After singing the Passover hymn, they went out to the mount of Olives.
See: Dieric Bouts the Elder Last Supper.
Andrea del Castagno. The Last Supper.
Salvador Dalí. The Sacrament of the Last Supper.
Duccio di Buoninsegna. Maestà: The Last Supper.
Nikolay Gay The Last Supper.
Domenico Ghirlandaio Last Supper.
Leonardo da Vinci The Last Supper.
Pietro Lorenzetti. The Last Supper.
Nicolas Poussin. The Last Supper.
Peter Paul Rubens The Last Supper.
Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto. The Last Supper. Last Supper. Last Supper.

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