IMPOSSIBLE! It had to be rectified!

This is not a typical painting.  It is HUGE, measuring 460 x 880 cm (15 x 29 feet) and covering an entire large wall, with LIFE-SIZE depictions of the figures contributing to the scene’s drama.

Although “The Last Supper” had been painted before, Leonardo da Vinci’s version was the first to depict real people acting like real people.

Leonardo chose to paint the very moment in which Christ announces there is a traitor among the disciples.  Through his brilliant brushwork, he manages to make the moment come to life, with each person displaying very human, identifiable emotions.

His painting also stands above the rest because of the technical perspective. Every single element of the painting directs one’s attention straight to the midpoint of the composition, Christ’s head, and is arguably the greatest example of one point perspective ever created.

Leonardo started the painting in 1495 and completed it in 1498.  He scoured the streets of Milan for more than two years, searching for faces to make the visages of the disciples.

There is much evidence to support the account that Leonardo had a violent quarrel with a fellow artist and that he was so enraged and bitter that he determined to paint his enemy’s face into that of Judas, and everyone who saw it immediately recognised the likeness.  The painting continued, but when da Vinci came to paint the last face, that of Christ Himself, he could make no progress. His best efforts were futile.

After many attempts, he realised his problem. He could not paint the face of Christ while harbouring bitter feelings.  He painted out the face of Judas and commenced again on the face of Jesus, this time with the brilliance acclaimed for centuries.

to paint the features of Christlikeness
while we paint another face with the colours of hatred and revenge

We CANNOT be used by Christ
to further His kingdom, to tell of His love, to sing His praises,
if we are HARBOURING GRUDGES or ILL WILL against another

Search me O God and know my heart:
try me and know my thoughts.
Psalm 139:23

Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart,
from a good conscience, and from sincere faith. 
1 Timothy 1:5

Thoughts from Mr Anon:
#  No matter how much you nurse a grudge, it will never get better.
#  What is the heaviest piece of wood in the world?  A chip on the shoulder.
#  When we are born into God’s family, we should bear a family likeness.

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me:
All His wondrous compassion and purity.
O Thou, Spirit divine, all my nature refine,
Until the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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30 Responses to IMPOSSIBLE! It had to be rectified!

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  2. Mom says:

    Thank you for the beautiful words – I had not read this version of The Last Supper before and I truly enjoyed reading it.


    • I would love to view the original. It is hard to imagine it in life-size.

      There is evidence to support the account of daVinci’s argument with another artist and his portrayal of him as Judas, and that he later repainted Judas’ face. This is quite a lesson for us: that harbouring a grudge hurts us more than the other person.


  3. jelillie says:

    So good Angela! So much to glean from this! It is true forgiveness must be had if we are to walk (or paint) in the likeness of Christ!


  4. Debbie says:

    I loved this, Mentor Angela . ..and am always so encouraged by the way you use an example to show us His truth. Sometimes if i am angry at someone, I begin to say, “I love You Jesus” . ..over and over . . .and I cannot stay angry. :) Thank you for helping us embrace forgiveness. It’s sooo important and something we need to do everyday, over and over. God bless you and your precious ministry to us!


    • Thank you Debbie. Saying “I love You, Jesus” over and over is a great way to combat temptation of any sort. Maybe thinking about how much HE loves ME would help me even more. How could I grieve Him when I think of all He has done for me?

      I’m pleased to see you back here.


  5. pbus1 says:

    Wonderful, Angela! The information you shared here was enlightening! I truly enjoy the lessons I learn here, both spiritual and natural! I thought about how much alike termites and an unforgiving heart are! They sometimes go undetected for a very long time. If not dealt with, they will destroy from the inside out, leaving ruins in their paths. God bless you!



  6. isaiah43123 says:

    Our actions do speak louder than words; sometimes they scream.
    Keep the Faith!


  7. alwayzhis says:

    This is great Angela! I didn’t know this information~~ it is such a wonderful Biblical command! Never judge…there is only One who has that right…plus, bitterness and an unforgiving heart will corrupt a person if it is not settled according to God’s Word!
    Blessings sister


    • Thanks Stephanie. Isn’t it wonderful that our God, through His Word and through His Spirit, lets us know when there is something wrong in our spiritual lives. He gives us no rest until we put things right and His likeness is again shining forth.

      As we submit to Him and His control in our lives, He lets His light and love shine through us so that others can see HIS likeness, and He can draw them to Himself.

      We serve an amazing God!


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  9. Wayne Augden says:

    I came across your blog through “Resting In His Grace.” I read this and knew instantly I needed to continue reading your blog. I’m looking forward to it. :)


  10. Heather says:

    Wow. This post really strikes at the heart of “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”.

    Thank you for the sobering reminder.


  11. snowgood says:

    Isn’t this the painting where “Christ” and “Judas”are one of the same person, and sadly the Christ like “model” had turned his life into a mess, and became so desperate the artist didn’t at first recognise him? Or is that an urban myth?


    • No Stephen, that story was attributed to one of da Vinci’s canvas paintings but it is NOT believed to be a true account. This account is believed to be true, with the other artist’s name mentioned. Apparently they had quite a public falling out and the likeness was apparent to all.


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  13. Rob Barkman says:

    Angela, I have never heard that account about da Vinci before. What a great application to our life today. May the Lord grace each one of us with the knowledge of our need to forgive so that we might serve Him in greater ways. Lord bless you Angela…. I have to echo Noel, the Lord is using you in great ways. And it is just as you say… to God be the glory!


    • Thank you Rob. I have been re-thinking my place here lately, but recent events, including comments like yours, confirm that I am here because this is where the Lord wants me and wants to use me. It is all HIS work.

      Yes, a great application. It is only as we are submitted to Him and to His control in our lives, that we can exhibit His likeness and be used by Him to draw others to Himself.

      What an amazing God!


      • Rob Barkman says:

        I certainly do not know the Lord’s will for your life. I don’t mean to imply that I do. All I can say is please be sure to think long and hard before you would decide making any big changes. Your blog is VERY different and interesting compared to many. You are able to clearly present a BIble truth by using everyday events and historical accounts to illustrate those truths. I wish I had half the gift you have for making the truth so easily understood and interesting to read.

        I realize the Lord is using me as well, but I honestly believe you have hit a niche that very few can fill.

        Like I said, do what the Lord wants, I know that you will.. I just felt the need to further explain where I am coming from. hopefully to help you as you seek His will. Lord bless you dear friend.


        • Rob, thank you so much for your kind words. I do value your input and your caring interest.

          The time spent here has mushroomed lately, especially since being with Christian Blessings. I sometimes wonder if all we accomplish is some sort of mutual admiration society, and that thought grieves me – but then I know there are many times when others are genuinely helped and when I am helped by others. I suppose I have been a bit ‘flattened’ by a Christian friend here who turned on me and called me a fraud, simply because I politely disagreed with her that Christians are perfect and are completely UNABLE to sin. The Lord is handling that, but it did knock me a bit to be called a fraud.

          Recently I have also been “liked” by numerous members who are clearly not believers and I wonder why, and I have also been engaged in polite exchanges with agnostics. Maybe the Lord will use the words He gives me here to reach them? I pray so.

          No time spent in the Lord’s will is ever wasted. I know that, and I am convinced that the Lord wants me to continue here, so as long as HE provides the information, I’ll post it.

          Thank you again Rob for your affirmation. I always value your input.

          We rejoice to serve an amazing God and do so in His enabling.


          • Heather says:


            Your above statement appeared on my comment page and I wanted to say how much I appreciate the tone with which you addressed your disagreement with your friend. It would be so easy in such a case to allow hurt feelings to speak instead of leaning on Jesus for comfort and direction.

            The concept of true Christians being incapable of committing an act of sin is one I’ve struggled with much; it’s important to understand what scripture says about this as it can be very unsettling to become aware of sin (not simply a “mistake”) in one’s life which can call into question whether one’s faith was ever real or if salvation was somehow “lost” along the way.

            At any rate, I wanted to echo Rob’s comment as your insights and kind words have been very encouraging to me as well.


            • Thank you, Heather. I really appreciate your comments and kind words.

              Re the ‘Christians CANNOT sin’ thing. Two who espouse this have shown anger, ill will and pride, which are all sins. If it was impossible for us to sin, about half of the New Testament, including most of Paul’s writings would have to be torn out. Sure, we have a new nature and we can stand before our God as perfect because we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ. We are being matured into Christlikeness (my fav verse is Eph 4:13) but we have not arrived yet. Our God is still working in us but we know that “when we see Him we shall be like Him” 1 John 3:2.

              Thanks again Heather for your encouragement.


  14. Noel Williams (prhayz) says:

    I thank you so much for this post my friend. I can always depend on you for an uplifting and inspiring post. Keep up the good work. Your father in heaven is watching.

    God blesses.


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