The Last Supper
48" x 48" oil with gold leaf
by Rosemarie Adcock
This painting by Rosemarie Adcock depicts the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples celebrating the Passover, which was a certain type of meal begun at the Great Exodus under Moses, and repeated each year as a remembrance of the people's deliverance from slavery. There were 4 different cups from which they would drink. As Jesus spoke, He first indicated the bread was a symbol of His body; then He would have raised what we call the Cup of Redemption when He proclaimed, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood," and instructed His disciples to drink it in remembrance of Him.
There was another cup, The Cup of the Coming Kingdom, that He would not drink from until that future time. This final cup is covered by His hand and painted to display creation, perhaps a bit of the universe, different than the other cups.
The table holds an apple depicting the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and a rose to depict the desert miraculously blooming prophesied by Isaiah. The Easter lily points to His Resurrection. The peace lily symbolizes how we now have peace with God. The Bible says God knows even when sparrows fall to the ground, and He cares for them, how much more does He care for us than sparrows? He cared for the disciples whose mother wanted them to sit on Jesus' right and left, when the only men we know of who were at His right and left were two unnamed thieves at His crucifixion.
So He calls us to love Him as John the disciple did, resting against Him like a best friend, and to sing as we hear the songbirds sing, celebrating what He did for us, even though we won't fully understand it all until we see Him face to face.