Upon Awakening by Elspeth Young

Upon Awakening

{ Pilate's Wife }
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When [Pilate] was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him—Pilate saith unto [the chief priests, elders, and the multitude] What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

Matthew 27:19, 22-24

The story behind Upon Awakening

Notwithstanding the luxury surrounding her, Pilate's wife told her husband that she had "suffered many things."  Intricate faux wall paintings, patterned silks, and a soft throne on which to sit bespeak prosperity and worldly ease.  These things, however, did not save her, nor will such things spare anyone from the need to answer Pilate's piercing question-—"What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?" Indeed, in the words of Elder Carlos E. Asay:  "Ultimately, each of us will be required to provide an answer [to Pilate's question] and to live with it...When Pilate stood on the stage of life and pondered what to do with Christ, he listened to the voices of an angry mob and consented to his death. Now that we are on center stage, whose promptings will we follow? In the wings of our stage, prophets of the past and present are pleading for us to "look to God and live" (Alma 37:47), to "seek this Jesus of whom the...apostles have written" (Ether 12:41), to taste and know of "the goodness of Jesus" (Mormon 1:15), and to be men and women of Christ. (See Helaman 3:29.)"1

"Upon awakening" to Christ's divinity, will we allow "the Spirit of the living God" to write upon the "fleshy tables of [our] heart" (2 Corinthians 3:3), or will we turn aside from the Savior, washing our hands of the matter, as though we could absolve our actions from the bidding of divine truth?

Symbolism in Upon Awakening

The figure's appearance is the artist's interpretation of costuming and hairstyles typical of statues of married women from Rome's empire period. Pilate's wife wears a luxurious silken palla and stola, and a linen tunica intima. She is depicted here with hair slightly unkempt--indicative of her restless sleep-—cascading in small corkscrew curls (a fashion common to the time).  As shown here, her hair is not piled high on her head, according to custom. The artist literally shows her "upon awakening"—having lost no time before warning her husband.

Symbolically, she is seated on a throne draped in a deep red fabric, a color Romans "associated with death—through the blood shed by victims sacrificed..."2.  Here, the color symbolizes the Savior's ultimate sacrifice for all mankind (see Isaiah 53:7).

Though Matthew does not specify the manner in which Pilate's wife "sent" her urgent message to her husband, it was typical (in Roman times) to write messages on wax tablets like the one depicted. Such tablets often bore elaborate seals of authenticity, and words were incised into the wax using a lead stylus.

The corn poppy cradled in her hand is a native wildflower of Palestine. Because of the narcotic properties of poppies, historically, the poppy has symbolized dreams, sleep, and death, all significant themes in the story of Pilate's wife.
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