Thursday is my favorite day of Holy Week (hit the link for the blow-by-blow account). I love the Passover themes, the whole account of the upper room discourse and institution of the communion meal.

Whenever I teach on this, I ask people, if you could be a fly on the wall at any time, in any place, at any point in history, and see and hear first-hand some historic event, what would it be? The signing of a treaty? The discovery of America? Nixon’s missing tapes? The grassy knoll? Walking on the moon? First flight at Kitty Hawk? The discovery of insulin? Luther nailing his 95 Theses? Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech? The collapse of the Berlin wall? Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norguay summiting Everest? Sir Isaac Newton under the apple tree? The construction of Stonehenge? We could list dozens — hundreds of significant events in history, some that were recorded, but not the same as being there, some that weren’t recorded, and some that would mean a mystery solved.

Above all of these possibilities, my answer ever since I first began to conceive of the question is this: I would choose the upper room on the night Jesus shared his last Passover meal with his friends, the very night he was arrested.

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