Stories from the Life of Christ Told to the Children - Janet Kelman

The Last Supper

Now when the even was come, Jesus sat down with the twelve. And he said unto them, "With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for I say unto you, I will not eat any more thereof until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God."

And Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God, riseth from supper and laid aside his garments, and took a towel and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Then cometh he to Simon Peter. And Peter said unto him, "Lord, dost thou wash my feet?"

Jesus answered and said unto him, "What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter."

Peter saith unto him, "Thou shalt never wash my feet."

Jesus answered him, "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me."

Simon Peter saith unto him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head."

Jesus saith to him, "He that is bathed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit. And ye are clean, but not all."

For he knew who should betray him, therefore said he, "Ye are not all clean."

So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, "Know ye what I have done unto you? Ye call me Master and Lord, and ye say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily I say unto you, the servant is not greater than his Lord, neither is he that is sent, greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."

When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit and said, "Verily, verily I say unto you, that one of you which eateth with me, shall betray me."

Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, "Is it I?"

And another said, "Is it I?"

Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.

He then lying on Jesus' breast, saith unto him, "Lord, who is it?"

Jesus answered, "He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it."

And when he had dipped it, he gave it to Judas. Then said Jesus unto him, "That thou doest, do quickly."

Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, "Buy those things that we have need of against the feast," or that he should give something to the poor. He then having received the sop went immediately out.

And it was night.

When he was gone out Jesus said, "Little children, yet a little while am I with you. A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

Peter said unto him, "Lord, whither goest thou?"

Jesus answered him, "Whither I go thou canst not follow me now, but thou shalt follow me afterwards."

Peter said unto him, "Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake."

Then saith Jesus unto them, "All ye shall be offended because of me this night. But after I am risen again I will go before you into Galilee."

Peter said unto him, "Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. I am ready to go with thee both into prison and to death."

And Jesus saith unto him, "Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily I say unto thee, that this day even in this night before the cock crow twice thou shalt deny me thrice!"

Peter said unto him, "Though I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise."

Likewise also said they all.

And Jesus took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you. This do in remembrance of me."

And he took the cup after supper, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink ye all of it. This cup is the new Testament in my blood which is shed for you." And they all drank of it.

And Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled. Ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also.

"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you. If ye loved me ye would rejoice because I said I go unto the Father, for the Father is greater than I. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you. Abide ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. In the world ye shall have sorrow, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to Heaven and said, "Father, the hour is come. Glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee, as thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth. I have finished the work which thou gayest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

"Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me, for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee, but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name and will declare it, that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them and I in them."