Encouragement From The Word


As we prepare to enter holy week, I thought I’d use this week’s Encouragement to give you the opportunity to meditate on a piece of art (well, a photo I took of the piece of art), and the Scripture that goes with it.  This mosaic is called Les Outrages chez Caïphe, and it comprises part of the west wall of the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu in Jerusalem, on the west slope of the Kidron Valley, where Jesus was arrested.

Spend a couple of minutes examining the mosaic, and read the Scripture.  Just let this few minutes’ pause begin your holy week.


47 But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss. 48 But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49 When the other disciples saw what was about to happen, they exclaimed, “Lord, should we fight? We brought the swords!” 50 And one of them struck at the high priest’s slave, slashing off his right ear.

51 But Jesus said, “No more of this.” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

52 Then Jesus spoke to the leading priests, the captains of the Temple guard, and the elders who had come for him. “Am I some dangerous revolutionary,” he asked, “that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? 53 Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns.”– Luke 22.47-52, NLT