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Monday, April 18, 2011

Last Supper On Wednesday?

Christianity is constantly under rampant fire. So many desperate minds strive to prove that Christian beliefs should be tossed aside into a pile of ignorance. This past week, Colin Humphreys, scientist and professor at the University of Cambridge, brought some debatable details about the Last Supper to the table. Humphreys claims that the Last Supper took place on Wednesday, rather than Thursday like Christian tradition says. Humphreys didn't make this argument off the "cuff", but it stems from his biblical, historical, and even astronomical research that attempted to pinpoint the exact timing of Jesus' final meal with his apostles. If we look at all the gospel accounts of the Last Supper, the scriptures do cause some confusion. Matthew, Mark, and Luke imply that the Last Supper took place at the beginning of the Passover. John implies that the Last Supper took place just before the Passover. Humphreys claims to have the answer. He argues that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Jesus used an old fashioned Jewish calendar, but John used the lunar calendar which was very common in Jesus' day and that we still use today. Based on the lunar calendar, the Last Supper took place on Wednesday. According to Humphreys, this also explains how so many events took place between the final meal and the crucifixion. Jesus' arrest, interrogation, and separate trials didn't occur overnight but over a longer period. This fuels the fire for many biblical scholars who claim that because of the Gospel's contradictions, we can't trust the Gospels at all! What a tragic and meaningless way to live!

Humphreys is so focused on when the Last Supper took place, but I wonder if he understands why it occured! This doesn't mean that the timing of the Last Supper isn't important, because the New Testament blueprint shows us we should partake of the Lord's Supper on the first day of the week, every week. However, even though we have the "when", we must never forget the "why." Hours before his death, even in dire agony and distress, our Savior administered a feast so we could remember his indescribable love. "This is my body, this is my blood, do this in remembrance of me..."

When it comes to the Upper Room, don't solely focus on the "when"; with every wrinkle of your mind remember "why"!