During the Last Supper, on the eve of his crucifixion, the Bible says Jesus Christ told his disciples, “One of you will betray me.”
Attendees of a special Maundy Thursday service on March 29 at Georgetown Presbyterian Church will witness a re-enactment of the disciple's reaction to that statement. Called "The Living Last Supper," it will be depicted in the spirit of "The Last Supper," a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
The service will start at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary and will be followed by prayer and a communion ceremony. This event is free and open to the public.
Attendees will hear from each of the disciples about their experiences with Jesus and how his love affected their lives. They will also hear from Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, and learned about his reasoning and his suffering after he “sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.”
Debbie Barron, director of the re-enactment, said most people today have heard the story of the Last Supper so often that they forget the details of the story.
“By offering this drama, I’m hoping that it brings people’s attention to what it actually cost Jesus to reconcile us to our Heavenly Father,” Debbie Barron said.
She added that the betrayal of Jesus breaks her heart but the message of the meeting of Jesus and his disciples was meant to have a positive effect on people’s lives.
“In our everyday lives, we all kind of betray Him,” she said. “We don’t have the ability to live up to our idea of what a Christian should be. The good news is we don’t have to live up to His standards because He has already paid the price for our failures, before we were ever born. If we fail, we are forgiven.”
Robbie Jordan, who is playing the role of Peter, said it is a humbling role since he is such a huge character in the Bible. He said it helps people relate to Christ in today's world.
"He reflects what we all are as Christians," Jordan said. "The fact that he denied knowing Jesus three times and was still covered by God's grace, mercy and forgiveness shows that we are all still covered by God's grace, event though we don't always live up to His expectations."
He said the re-enactment gives the audience a feel for the somber mood of the disciples after they learn of Christ's prophecy.
"They all knew that he was going to be crucified," he said. "To have that supper with that somber feeling in the room is very telling at Easter time."
Jimmy Morris, who is playing the role of Jesus, said this re-enactment is important to remind people about the reason for the Easter holiday.
"It has kind of enriched it for me because it gives it a more visual element," Morris said. "Sometimes that is what people need to reconnect them to the Easter holiday."
He said this event is perfect for people who do not usually go to church on Sunday.
"We are not doing it on Sunday, it is on a Thursday night, so this might be a good option for some people," Morris said. "They might need or want to come to church and invest time in the Easter holiday, but they might not feel comfortable coming on a Sunday. It is another method to reach more people with Christianity."