The title of this painting comes from Peter’s words in the book of Acts. A lame man begging at the temple gates asked the apostles Peter and John for alms. “And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”1
This painting captures the very moment when Peter takes the lame man by the right hand. He lifts him up, “and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.”2 This moment celebrates the miraculous wonder of priesthood power. It hangs in the bishop’s alcove, since that is one place where modern priesthood holders share the true treasures of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Artist Walter Rane is inspired by Baroque painters such as Rembrandt, who often painted religious scenes with dramatic intensity. Rane says, “Painting is not always visual. [Rembrandt’s] paintings have a reality to them that is not photographable. When you look at the people you can almost see them breathing, almost imagine they have feelings. They are not precise or photographic, but they are real. That is what I want in my work.”3
Further Reading: “Reaching Down to Lift Another”