Mosaics-Jude

The Disciple Jude

Room 302

The artist called this panel the “Missionary Outreach” panel.  It symbolizes the spread of the message of Jesus by the disciples throughout the world.  The dark areas of the panel denote various continents surrounded by the water.  The blue represents the water and the green tiles represent the land.

In the lower right corner of the mosaic, there is an anchor.  Many of the disciples traveled by ship to far-off lands to tell people of all nationalities that Jesus had paid for the sins of the whole world through His death and resurrection.  These events made it possible for people to become part of the family of God.  For those people who believed this message, their lives were changed.  The beige colored shapes on the mosaics, some of which have crosses on them, suggest the Word of God turns souls into “gold.”  The artist compares the value of gold to the great value of knowing Jesus as one’s personal Savior.  There are dark areas on and around the shapes which indicate that many people have not yet received this message.

At the left side of the panel are two ship-like forms with the names Lebbaeus and Thaddaeus imprinted.  These were other names for Jude.

There is very little information about Jude. Some sources say that he was the son of James or the brother of James or even the brother of Jesus.  The star at the upper left of the panel recalls the legend that Jude was one of the shepherd boys of Bethlehem who was present at the birth of Jesus.  He supposedly stayed at the manger, and Mary put Jesus into his arms.  Jude later became a disciple of Jesus. 

Jude’s life was impacted by Jesus just as the lives of the other disciples were.  This experience served to motivate him to share this message throughout the known world.

Donated by Dr. and Mrs. Wangerin

Last Published: November 2, 2013 5:04 PM
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