We are all familiar with Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of the last supper – but you might not be familiar with the shocking truth behind some of the images. Based on the meal that Jesus shared with his disciples the night on which he was betrayed by on follower, each face represents the emotion and importance of the events about to unfold. Jesus sits at the center of the masterpiece, flanked by the disciples, including Judas, whose face is the third on Jesus’ right.

Da Vinci started work on the painting around 1495, and it took seven years to complete. His first task was to find someone who could portray the beauty and innocence of Jesus. After searching through hundreds of possibilities, he found a 19-year-old man, who perfectly represented Jesus. He then worked tediously for six months to capture the personality and look of the Messiah using this man as a model.


When it came time to paint the last person at the table – Judas – da Vinci once again launched a search for the perfect face. The person would have to represent the characteristics of one who would embrace evil and betray the Lord. That could be a challenge! Finally, da Vinci found his man! You won’t believe where the journey took him!!

Today, we look at this painting and remember Jesus. That is exactly what Jesus told us to do in the scene da Vinci captured. Jesus said that we are to celebrate the Lord’s Supper until he comes again. Sometimes, we call this communion. Communion is remembering our fellowship with Jesus because of what he did on the cross!

Jesus wants us to remember his love and sacrifice for us. He tells us to eat the bread, which represents his body broken for us, and to drink the cup, which represents his blood poured out for us (Matthew 26:28).

While the scene of the Last Supper may be familiar, there might be parts of the communion ceremony that are not.

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We are commanded to participate in the Lord’s Supper – Jesus told his followers: “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). Jesus didn’t suggest we participate. He commanded it. He knows we can have limited memories. By participating in the Lord’s Supper, we are continually refreshing our minds as to who Jesus is and what he has done for us.

Communion also represents our unity with other believers – Communion reminds us of our fellowship with Jesus, but it also reminds us of our oneness with our brothers and sisters in Jesus. “Because there is one loaf, so we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf” (1 Corinthians 10:17).

We shouldn’t take it lightly – 1 Corinthians 11:28 says, “Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.” What do we examine? Sin in our lives and unforgiveness toward a brother or a sister are a couple of things we can examine. How can we participate in the Lord’s Supper when we are living with unforgiveness? After all, the whole premise of the cross is forgiveness. Jesus forgives us when we call out to him. He tells us to forgive others.

Communion is important! No wonder da Vinci was so intent on portraying it as realistically as possible! Watch this amazing story! The revelation is truly shocking and will forever change how you view this painting!

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