Day 5 – Last Supper and Gethsemane {Christ Centered Easter Week}


{The original post with all the daily Easter Week activities can be found HERE.}

Thursday, Day 5 – Last Supper, Jesus’ Prayer, Agony in Gethsemane

{Note: This was one of the longer nights of our Christ Centered Easter Week. Instead of taking 30 minutes to discuss and do an activity, we did it at dinner time and it took well over an hour. So prepare for that if you choose to do the Passover symbolic foods + Jerusalem dinner + Atonement discussions. If you don’t have that much time, you can split the days up and do a discussion on them the next day, or perhaps on Saturday when there isn’t much going on.}

Hymn: God Loved Us So He Sent His Son, pg 187


Taste and discuss ritual foods of the passover, followed by a simple Jerusalem Dinner prepared with foods common in Jesus’ Day.

{Most of my information I found in the book “A Christ Centered Easter” by Janet and Joe Hales, but I also really enjoyed THIS TALK Elder Howard W. Hunter gave in General Conference. I also do morning devotionals with my kids, and spent the morning reading THIS story about the passover to help them understand it better.}



Things You Will Need –

  • Roasted Lamb (or chicken substitute) {We used lamb chops we bought from Costco}
  • Bitter Herbs (we used romaine lettuce, but you could use horse radish)
  • Unleavened Bread (we used unleavened greek pita bread)
  • Grape Juice

I have young children, so we used this activity to sample and taste the ritual foods that were used at the Passover meal that Jesus would have had. I reviewed briefly what the Passover was while we first sat down at the table, and then tested the food.

The Last Supper was done during the Passover Meal. We know at that time that it included at least three symbolic foods and a drink: the Paschal lamb, unleavened bread, bitter herbs, and wine. {I am no expert so if I make a mistake somewhere, sorry – but I do think we can learn from the Passover and its symbolism}

1. The Paschal Lamb:


The lamb represents the Israelite Families remembrance and gratitude for the first Passover. Each family in Israel was commanded to sacrifice and eat a roasted lamb on the first night of Passover.

{To make certain that the destroying angel of God would “pass over” their households, Israelite households were told to personally select for sacrifice an unblemished male lamb and paint the blood on their doorposts. Since they obeyed they were able to be saved and ultimately escape from Egypt and gain their freedom.}

Discuss with the children how the Israelite families ate in remembrance and gratitude of the first Passover. We now know that the Paschal lamb was a similitude of Jesus Christ, whose death (ultimate sacrifice & atonement) led to the world’s redemption from sin and death. The savior is called the Lamb of God. He was perfect. No bone of Jesus’ body was broken. He was ‘with out blemish’ just like the Paschal lambs that were sacrificed.

jack lamb

2. Unleavened Bread

unleavened bread

Unleavened bread represents Israel’s quick escape from Egypt. It happened so quickly that they couldn’t even wait for their bread to rise.

mom bread lane bread


{Note: There is a lot more you can talk about with the unleavened bread (well all of them, really), but we kept things pretty simple because of our children.}

3. Bitter Herbs

bitter herbs

Bitter herbs were used as a symbol of the Israelites’ suffering under the hands of their Egyptian taskmasters. When you first bite in to a bitter herb it is relatively sweet or mild, but quickly turns bitter or leaves a pungent aftertaste. This symbolizes how Israel was at first welcomed into Egypt, but then became enslaved when a new Pharaoh took over.

jack bitter herbs

bitter lane

4. Wine


Wine represents the joy and celebration to the Israelites. {I am not sure if I got this right, but I told the children they must have been happy to escape Egypt, and were happy when they finally reach the promised land after wandering around for 40 years.}

We used grape juice. (It definitely helped with the bad aftertaste of the herbs.)

wine collage



During Jesus’ Day, Jews sat on mats or pillows with low tables. Our family has a tradition of sitting on the floor to make our meal a little special and different, but you could easily eat on fancy dishes with candles at the table, or something fun too. We also try to eat food that were from Jesus’ time and place. A good option would be lentil soup and unleavened bread. This year we chose a wide assortment of food that included: Grapes, raisins, carrots, cucumbers, chicken, lamb, eggs, milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, honey, nuts, and grape juice. Mmmm.

During dinner we had our discussion about Christ’s Last Supper, atonement, and ultimate betrayal. We watched the bible videos while we ate, and then I would explain it back to them again.

Scriptures: Matthew 26:17–29, 36–56 {A lot of scriptures, but I just kept stopping every few verses to explain it to the kids. They were excited about all the food they saw us preparing for, so they were pretty good.}

Last Supper Video: {hit refresh if they don’t show up the first time, or you can find the link to the video here.}

Jesus’s disciples got ready for the Passover meal. During the meal, Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray Him. Then, to help them remember Him, He gave them the sacrament for the first time. Discuss the significance of Sacrament and having authority of Priesthood today.

Atonement Video: {hit refresh if they don’t show up the first time, or you can find the link to the video here.}

{Warning: I don’t know if this is something you should show young children. If my nieces and nephew were over I probably would have skipped this video, but Jax and Lane had already seen it so I played it for them and had a nice discussion about it. I talked through out explaining things, and I think that helped them not be scared by things that happened – like when Peter cut off the ear.}

Talk about how Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to suffer for our sins and to pray to God. People came with swords and arrested Him. The disciples ran away in fear.

We ended the night with our atonement hymn we’d been learning that week.

Closing Song: I Stand All Amazed, pg 193

3 Responses

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  2. Ali J

    Well done! Our family has celebrated Passover for many years. It is a beautiful way to blend the symbols of the Jewish celebration with the joys of the Christian’s religious celebration of Easter. Our children LOVE celebrating Passover and have learned so much about the life of the Savior by participating in some of the traditions of His life. Now, several years into our tradition, they have grown from toddlers to youth, and they anticipate our Passover meal as much (or more!) than the Easter dinner. It’s one of our favorite family traditions!

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