Center of Attention

     In 1495, Duke Ludovico of Milan asked the Florentine artist Leonardo da Vinci to portray the dramatic scene of Jesus’ last supper with His disciples as they gathered in ‘the upper room’ before His crucifixion.  The scene was to b painted upon a large wall of the dining hall at Santa Maria Delle Grazie monastery in Milan.  DaVinci, then 43 years old, agreed to take on the assignment.  Working slowly and with great care for detail, he spent three years completing the painting.  The disciples were grouped in threes, two groups on either side of the figure of Christ, who sat at the center of the table, His arms stretched before Him.  In His right hand He held a wine cup, painted with marvelous realism.  At last, the painting was ready and Da Vinci called in a friend to see it. 
     “Give me your honest opinion.” DaVinci said.
     “It’s wonderful,” the friend told him in open admiration.  “That cup is so real I cannot keep my eyes off it.”
     Da Vinci immediately took a brush and drew it across the sparkling cup.  “If it affects you that way, it must not remain,”  he exclaimed.  “Nothing shall distract attention from the figure of Christ.”

      Jesus is the heart of our attraction.  He is the center of our attention.  We must not allow anything or anyone to cause us to take our eyes off Christ and the real meaning of His birth, life, death, and resurrection. 

      A powerful lesson from the Mount of Transfiguration:  Matthew 17:4-8. “Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here.  If you wish, I will put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified.  But Jesus came and touched them.  “Get up,” He said.  “Don’t be afraid.”  When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.” 

     “Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face
      And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His marvelous grace.

2 Responses to “Center of Attention”

  1. Max,
    I’ve shared this w/my minister and w/family members plus John Smith & Bob Allen in case they are not on your mailing list. SO-O appropriate for the season—and for any time. Blessings on both you & Jo.

  2. I needed this devotional as it is so true that “The Center of Attention” is Christ and not the
    Christmas shopping and decorations. We all need to focus on what this time of year really means and not just now but everyday. Great devotional for December. Thank you Uncle Max.

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