Summary: Personal Evangelism - Bringing people to Christ, one by one. A look at the character of the desciple Andrew - geared for a student ministry. PowerPoint format.
[One By One]
Slide Text - Personal Evangelism – Bringing People to Jesus, One By One
Slide Graphics – Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper
Note: Parts of this message was developed with the help of the material in John McArthur’s excellent book “Twelve Ordinary Men”
This is a photograph of “The Last Supper”, painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1495. It is 15 feet tall and 29 feet wide, painted on the wall of the dining hall (appropriate for the subject) of the convent of Santa Maria de Grazie in Milan, Italy. It was one of the first paintings to portray the subject as lifelike people with real emotions. It is also one of the finest examples of single-point perspective ever painted. The painting depicts the night before Christ’s betrayal. He has just told them that one of them would betray him.
The figures are, from left to right
• Bartholomew, James Minor and [Andrew – today’s subject]
• Judas, Peter and John
• Thomas, James Major and Philip
• Matthew, Thaddeus and Simon
The painting is in bad shape because Leonardo was trying a new technique – one that didn’t work well. At the time, most wall frescos were painted using an egg tempura (paint pigments suspended in egg whites) directly onto wet plaster. This meant you had to paint very quickly, before the plaster dried, and the paint would bleed and mix into the wet plaster, making it difficult to make crisp lines. In this painting, Leonardo painted onto dry plaster. He did not know that this would cause the paint to flake off the wall. The painting has been undergoing constant repair since it was finished.
Originally, Christ had feet, but around 1650, someone decided that the dining hall needed another door, and that the best place to put one was right through the bottom of the painting. Luckily, they decided they didn’t need any more windows. The convent was also damaged by bombing in WWII.
There is a story that one of the first figures Leonardo painted was that of Christ, using as a model a young man who was radiated innocence and peace. Over the years he painted the other figures from other models. The last figure he painted was that of Judas. He searched all over for a model who characterized evil, self centered, fallen from grace. He finally found a suitable man in a prison. When the man came to Leonardo’s studio to be drawn and sketched, he looked around in agitation and finally asked Leonardo if the painter remembered him. He had been in the studio years before to pose for the figure of Christ, but had, over the years since, fallen into drunkenness and vice and every sort of evil. Actually, this story is not true. Leonardo painted the picture over a 3-4 year period, and there is no record that he knew the names of any of the models.
The popular book “The Da Vinci Code”, by Dan Brown, is a fictional account of a secret series of “codes” or messages, hidden in Da Vinci’s paintings, revealing that Christ had a child by Mary Magdalene. In the Last Supper, among other things, the effeminate figure to the left of Jesus is, according to the book, not John, but Mary. This makes for a very entertaining conspiracy theory novel, but the “codes” are all completely made up by the author, as he admits.