One of our artists at SLC, Wade Randall, has blessed us with some beautiful works portraying the events of Holy Week that we enjoyed last and this year. Last Sunday Wade showed me this picture depicting Jesus walking, unrecognized, with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. With Wade’s permission, I share the work, his discription and inspiration. I found his dipiction and words beautiful and inspiring … Pastor Bill
“The Walk to Emmaus” (9 x 12 Acrylic on canvas)
Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty on deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they come back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” Then he said to them, “Oh how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!” Luke 24:13-25
The initial inspiration for this painting came from a sense of being alone in my grief and sorrow. I think all of us, at some time, face a level of sadness that seems insurmountable. These verses of Luke’s Gospel remind me to be patient when all seems lost. I know at times I am impatient for or slow to recognize, the fulfillment of God’s promises in my own life. God’s promises are hard to wait for but painting this image reminds me of the incredibly great feeling I get when God’s promises are fulfilled. I hope the painting helps those who look at it, as it does for me, that everything in our lives happens according to His plan and to be patient when things don’t go as we think they should.
Wade A. Randall
Angels Rest Studios