The Imagination Station, Part 1
Tom visits Whit to talk to him about a student in Tom's Sunday school class - Digger Digwillow. Digger doesn't show any interest in learning about Scripture and thinks the Bible is boring. So Whit decides to work on an invention that may raise Digger's interest. When Digger visits, Whit introduces him to the Imagination Station. Whit explains that it's an invention which, through the imagination, helps people to experience the Bible and history.
Digger doesn't think it will work on him, but he climbs in, pushes the red button, and soars back to first-century Jerusalem. There, Digger lives through the last week of Jesus' earthly life - from the Triumphal Entry to the Last Supper, then to the trial, where he is told by a devastated John Mark that Jesus will be sentenced to death.
- This plot section is too short and should be expanded. »
- If Digger’s adventure were real, could he have stopped Jesus from being crucified?
- Could anyone have stopped Jesus from being crucified?
- Why or why not?
- What would you learn if you could be taken back in time to Jesus’ death and resurrection?
- Why is Jesus’ death and resurrection so important?
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] There are two alternate versions of this episode which run in the broadcast cycle for AIO. One is the original version with Chris reading her Bible and the other has Chris in a clock shop presenting a special "encore" edition of the program. (The latter version is the one now regularly heard on the radio.)
- The broadcast version of this episode included a "Fun Fact" about using Odyssey for discussion questions.
- The Imagination Station marked the premiere of Whit's greatest invention. From the first airings, it quickly became one of the most popular episodes.
- The Imagination Station wasn't used for awhile after this because of concerns that some children wouldn't understand that Digger Digwillow was not actually there, and wouldn't understand that it was 'historical fiction' and not history itself.
- The name of the character John Mark reflects the theory that it was at the house of John Mark (the one who wrote the gospel of Mark and the one who accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey) that the Last Supper was held. Also note that much of the story comes predominantly from the gospel of Mark.
- These episodes were made into an AIO Activity Pack, Roll Away the Stone, Volume #11.
- The name "Digger Digwillow" was inspired by the name "Digory" from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew.
QuotesTom Riley: Every time I come in here you've got something new on display. What's this contraption you're working on now?
John Whittaker: Well I'm calling it the Imagination Station.
Digger Digwillow: Good grief, it's a Saturday traffic jam in the bible room.
Digger Digwillow: Excuse me lady.
Man: Mind your manners boy.
Digger Digwillow: Sorry mister I thought you were.. Never mind. What kind of place is this? Guys with long hair and robes? I saw something like this in Ben Hur.
John Mark: I'm John Mark. Who're you?
Digger Digwillow: Digger, Digger Digwillow.
John Mark: Digger, Digger Digwilow. A strange name to match your strange clothing.
Digger Digwillow: I don't get this. Wait. Your master and his disciples?
John Mark: Surely you must know of him. Everyone in the land has heard of him.
Digger Digwillow: I-I'm not sure who you're talking about.
John Mark: Oh you must know. I'm talking about Jesus the Christ. Our Messiah.
Digger Digwillow: Jesus?
Digger Digwillow: This is a dream. This has got to be a dream.
Judas: I told you the one I kiss is the man. Only then should you arrest him.
Official: Are you Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ?
Jesus: I am.
Digger Digwillow: Oh yeah, the story of Jesus. He taught people and they killed him and stuff.