“And when the disciples had come with bread and wine, [Jesus] took of the bread and brake and blessed it; and he gave unto the disciples and commanded that they should eat. And when they had eaten and were filled, he commanded that they should give unto the multitude” (3 Nephi 18:3-4).
The risen Christ, now in the New World, instituted the sacrament for His recently called disciples and instructed them regarding its significance. He explained the symbolism of partaking of the bread: “This shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you” (3 Nephi 18:7) – and that the wine was representative of His blood, which was shed. He blessed those willing to do as He commanded, and covenanted that “If ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you” (3 Nephi 18:7).
Several features of this painting are highlighted in the following description: “Against the backdrop of an elaborate Mesoamerican temple, the resurrected Savior administers the sacrament with the help of his newly chosen leaders. Some elements in this painting are figurative rather than historically accurate. Teichert has six Nephite disciples cluster on the left and six Lamanite disciples on the right. The two groups meet symbolically in front of the Christ and go forth united to serve the bread and water to the multitude below. These figures form the sides of a triangle that is crowned by the figure of Christ, dressed in white and radiant with divine power. A clear area in front of Christ gives the viewer access to him.” (footnote: Welch, John W. and Doris R. Dant, The Book of Mormon Paintings of Minerva Techert. Provo: BYU Studies and SLC: Bookcraft, 1997. 148.)
Additional reading: “The Beauty and Importance of the Sacrament”
More information on the artist: “Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert: With a Bold Brush”