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Wednesday: Jesus is our Example

Bible Story

Read: John 13:1-17 

In the last week of Jesus’ life, He wanted to make sure His disciples knew everything they needed to know to carry on His ministry after He died.  He gave them truth to live by, taught them in parables, (like the one we talked about yesterday), and taught them by example. 

After their Last Supper together Jesus gathered around His 12 disciples and washed their feet.  (Feet were considered a very dirty part of the body so only the servants would wash feet. You would never find someone of royalty washing feet). Then Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray Him. It was Judas.  Judas fled from the room where they were meeting while Jesus and His disciples continued to worship God by singing and taking communion together.  

Watch the video of the Last Supper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SigoALSS1R8

Discussion Questions

1. Who was at the Last Supper? 

Jesus and his 12 disciples

2. What happened at the Last Supper? 

Communion, Jesus washed the disciples feet, and Judas was told he was going to betray Jesus

3. Why did Jesus wash his disciples feet? 

He was giving them an example of how those who follow Him are to serve others.  He also wanted to teach them to treat everyone equally no matter how Important or unimportant they are in the world.

4. Why was it such a big deal that Jesus washed their feet and not another body part?

At this time feet were so dirty. Some people didn’t have shoes or if they did they were sandals. They walked everywhere! Jesus chose to wash their feet to show that He isn’t above doing something a servant would do. It also meant that they should be willing to wash the feet of others in the future.

5. Why do you think Jesus took communion with His disciples that night?

Possible answers could be: 

  • Jesus was giving them an example of a way to remember Him after He died.
  • It was a way to worship God.
  • It made the disciples and Jesus felt closer to each other.
  • It was common for Jews to “break bread” or share a meal together.  Jesus used communion to teach the disciples more about His death and resurrection. 

Activities

1. Coloring Page (click here to download). After it is colored you can cut it and make it into a puzzle.  

2. Complete the Crossword Puzzle (click here to download).

3. Take turns washing each other’s feet. Encourage your family members to pray as they wash someone’s feet. Here is a kid friendly video about Jesus washing His Disciples Feet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv5ajWNrnt4

4. Take communion together as a family. It does not have to be bread or grape juice. You can use what is available in your home. Here is a video on why we take communion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5zqtsiwKDw

Communion walk-thru: 

This is my body which I have given up for you, give thanks and eat this in remembrance of me. (Eat the bread) Give thanks and say, this is my blood, which was poured out as a sacrifice to forgive those who have sinned. (drink the juice) 

*Do not force your child to take communion if they are not ready or understand the meaning behind it. Be sure to examine yourself before taking it for the right reason. 

5. Play “teacher” and take turns teaching another family member something that is important to you. Just like Jesus taught his disciples. 

6. Make dinner together as a family. As you eat together talk about what Jesus and His disciples might have talked about that last evening together.  

Prayer/Blessing 

______________ (Insert your child’s name)  when Jesus was here on Earth, He did some amazing things. He taught others what was important to Him. He told his disciples that he was going to be crucified, but to not lose hope. Jesus was a perfect example of what we aspire to be. No matter what you do or what people call you, you will always be a child of God. May you serve others and be an example to others, just as Jesus served His disciples and was His example to them, and may you love others just as Jesus has loved you.