A Different Kind of Easter Search
When we break bread at our table, as a family or with company, we see our giclée print of the painting, In Remembrance of Me, by one of our favorite artists, Walter Rane. It hangs over our buffet in our dining room. At Easter dinner last year we reoriented our chairs to face this painting. The change of perspective highlighted the cropped section I’ve photographed above. It brings to my mind the instance at the Last Supper of Christ announcing that one of the Twelve will betray him. Each gospel has a different account:
And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? Matthew 26: 21
And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I? Mark 14:19
And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. Luke 22:23
When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? John 13:21-25
I cannot help but think the man in the painting, with a hand turned toward himself in a questioning stance, is Peter. While I prepare this week for Easter, I’ve come face-to face with this image over and over of the one who feels godly sorrow and asks the Lord and himself with a humble, searching heart, “Lord, Is it I?” For me, this is the essence of why we need a Savior and how we come unto Him.