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Last Meal Before Redemption Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14

Last Meal Before Redemption

Special Installment: Maundy Thursday

Jesus' last meal is a meal that we Christians keep eating. Why?

At a Glance

Some artists have taken to creating images of the last meals that prisoners eat before they're executed. One even observed that the meals, in a way, seem to reflect the characters of the convicts themselves. From this discussion, we move to the last meal Jesus ate before he died, and consider how it, too, is an image of who he was and what he was all about. Then we close, remembering that Jesus gave us a meal to eat, as well.

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For material based on the gospel reading, see "Thursday Theology," March 20, 2008, at

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