The mission to the world.

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Title:The mission to the world
Notes:JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings was selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings.

In The Mission to the World, Jesus stands atop a hill proclaiming to his disciples their authority to baptize and teach all that Jesus commanded. His arms are outstretched in a posture of blessing and exhortation. Some disciples remain before him while others are setting out on their journey to complete the task Jesus has set before them. Those departing go in separate directions to spread the gospel to all nations. This scene is a reminder that all Christians are called to spread Jesus’ message of love and justice throughout the world.


Scripture:Matthew 28:16-20
John 17:20-26
John 16:12-15
Person as Subject:Jesus Christ (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:ATrin
General Subject:Mission
Culture: Black
Culture: African
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- Cameroon

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Attribution:JESUS MAFA. The mission to the world, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved March 1, 2024]. Original source: (contact page:
Record Number:48314 Last Updated: 2022-04-18 19:28:41 Record Created: 2006-12-15 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition