The Third Day: The Gospel of Luke Chapters 22 – 24
Art: Alex Webb-Peploe (pencils, inks, colours)
Andre Parker (Art Director, Design, colours)
Words by Luke (the Bible)
Publisher: The Good Book Company (2014)
Page Count: 48
Many of us have read the Gospel accounts of Jesus in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and realize that all four tell the story of His life, including His final three days, in slightly different ways, as if from four different perspectives or vantage points.
I’ve heard an analogy that explains it well: Four blind people who have never encountered an elephant are led up to the animal and asked to describe it based on their perception. The man with the heavy trunk in his hands will offer a different description than the one touching the tail. The man running his hands over the toughened leg and foot would sound as if he were describing an entirely different animal than the one confronted with the elephant’s massive side. Each description is so vastly different than the others’ that to a stranger it may sound contradictory or about four different animals. But for the one who desires to see the complete picture, only the combination of the descriptions tells the full story. So it is with the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection and the events that followed.
This book relays the story of Jesus from Luke’s point of view. He was not one of the disciples that sat at Jesus’ feet. He was a researcher, given the challenge of collaborating the events of Jesus’ life by interviewing “eye witnesses and servants of the word” (Luke 1:2), including the oral accounts of the apostles. The book was written to Theophilus, possibly the one who commissioned him to do the research. Luke was an educated man, who used his keen observational skills to write with precision and orderliness. The words in this book are quoted from Luke’s account.
This is also a book in graphic story format. For me, the familiar tale sprang alive frame by frame through the accuracy of detail, diligently researched by the designers and artists. Even better than the details are the emotions portrayed by the facial expressions, the use of their hands, and body language. In frames with more than one person, you could vividly read the reactions and feelings of the key characters of that segment of the story.
In one example, a frame shows three events simultaneously. Jesus stands humbly before the guards gathered to take him captive; He asks why bring weapons now when he has stood before them all openly in the temple day after day. At the same moment, the servant whose ear had been cut off then healed by Jesus’ hand has the look of incredulity on his face as he touches his ear, and yet the guards who have come to take Jesus carry an unimpressed demeanor as if to say, “Yeah, yeah…we’ve seen it all before. We’re just doing our jobs, so come along peacefully now.” A sample of unforgettable moments in graphic form. It was easy for me to become immersed in the significance of the tale as I saw it unfold step by step.
I would love to see the entire book of Luke, and for that matter all of the Bible, presented in this format by these artists. Their talent for packing a lot of message into each frame is immense. For a generation which has grown up in the world of digital media, this work makes an important contribution to a deeper understanding of Jesus and His mission on earth.
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