How to Explain the Lord’s Supper to Kids
The First Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Jesus right before he died on the cross. As they were eating the Passover meal together, Jesus took some bread, and blessed it, and broke it. He said, “Take, eat; this is my body. Do this in remembrance of Me.”
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
At the Lord’s Supper We Remember Jesus
Our God is a covenant God. When we take the Lord’s Supper, we remember what He has promised to do for us. We remember Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. We remember that he died so that we could be forgiven. We remember His promise to give believers eternal life. At this sacred meal we celebrate Jesus, and we will continue to have this meal together until He returns.
Baptism Before the Lord’s Supper
This meal is for Christ followers to enjoy together. It is not to be taken lightly. Children will naturally want to have some, but parents need to teach children that the Lord’s Supper is for those Christ followers who fully understand and have been baptized. This is one way to teach children that the death of our Lord should never be trivialized.
Scriptures About the Lord’s Supper
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.