Disciples and Teaching

disciplesandteachingLeft Window Pane

Here Jesus is standing on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and is calling to the two fishermen, Peter and Andrew. The two men are cleaning their nets. Jesus invites them to leave their nets to follow Him and become fishers of men.

In the panel below are the symbols for Matthew. The money bags denote his original occupation of a tax collector. The battle axe is the instrument of his martyrdom.

Secondary symbols near the upper scene are the escallop shell of Baptism and a fitched, or pointed cross. This has a point on its base and was carried while a pilgrim was wandering. It could thus be planted anywhere.

In the bottom right corner is a pen and book. These are symbolic of Matthew, the Evangelist, to whose pen is attributed the first of the New Testament Gospel accounts of our Lord.

Middle Window Pane

Jesus is preaching the great Sermon on the Mount in the upper portion of this lancet. His audience consists of men and women, young and old, who had become His followers. The descending dove of the Holy Spirit is used as a secondary symbol in the extreme upper left. It is by the Holy Spirit’s guiding power that all preaching becomes meaningful to the hearts of men.

Jesus’ teaching did not depart from the law of Moses, but was an extension and a fulfillment of it. “The Law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” This truth is symbolized in the bottom panel by the Tablets of the Ten Commandments and the Torah, or Law.

A menorah, the seven branched candlestick which symbolizes Temple worship, appears as a secondary symbol in the lower left corner.

Right Window Pane

The Scriptures do not contain an abundance of historical scenes about children. For this reason, those that are found are cherished favorites in the minds and affections of Christians.

The account of Jesus engaged in blessing the children is featured here. This account is often the subject of artists and has a special place in the hearts of those in whose memory this group of windows has been given. It was Jesus who bade His disciples to permit the little children to come to Him because they too could enter the kingdom of God.

In the panel below is the young lad with a basket of five loaves and two fish which he shared with Jesus. Jesus, in a memorable miracle, multiplied these materials to feed the hungry multitude on the grassy slopes in the region north of the Sea of Galilee.

An IHS, monogram of Jesus, is again used as a secondary symbol in the upper left corner.