DaVinci’s “The Last Supper”, is a depiction of the disciples and Jesus in the upper room before Jesus was crucified. This painting is one of the most famous and most recognized pieces in the world and especially in Christian realms.
But, with no knowledge of the thought DaVinci devoted to the painting and his purpose for each individual person, it is difficult to determine the identity of anyone in the room other than Christ. Well, Judas was a liar and a thief, he gave over Christ to be murdered, which was the same as killing Jesus himself.
Their feet are swift to shed blood:
So, we looked at the feet, and the man standing on the far left is seemingly the only one not wearing sandals. But, that alone didn’t set him apart enough to be Judas.
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
So, we looked at the hands. Now here, there is lot going on, but one man in particular stuck out because he held a knife that looked as if it would stab the man behind him. However, it looks accidental, and there is no real reason to suspect him of being Judas.
The question remained: where’s Waldo- er, Judas? Which one of the characters in the painting could be Him? Well, what’s the one distinction that Judas has in the Bible? What was his job among the disciples?
For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.
This clinched it. Judas was in charge of the money bag, and the only man with a money bag is on the left side, two seats from Jesus. This is Judas Iscariot.
Now, it’s a fun game to see who can find Judas… It was a fun time. But, when we spend all our time looking for Judas the betrayer, we miss the fact that Jesus the Savior is right there in the middle. He is the reason for the painting and the focal point of it. Don’t get so wrapped up in scavenger hunts for Waldo that you miss Christ right in front of you, in the center of it all.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist