Urantia Book 20. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. Jesus left Nazareth on the 1st of April, AD 24 for the caravan trip to the Caspian Sea area. This trip caused him to become closer to the Asian countries and to gain a better understanding of those peoples. He managed to make intimate contact with every one of the surviving races of Urantia except one: the red man. He enjoyed his personal ministry to these varied people. The Europeans from the Far West and the Asiatics from the Far East alike gave attention to his words of eternal life and hope. Leading the caravan was an unusual experience for Jesus because he functioned in an executive capacity, being responsible for the travelers’ safety and the protection of their possessions. On the return trip from the Caspian region, Jesus gave up direction of the caravan at Lake Urmia, where he rested for 2 weeks. Later, he went home to Capernaum and stayed with the Zebedees (134.2.1-5). ************ Urmia was an old Persian city on the shores of Lake Urmia. Off shore there was a large island with an amphitheater dedicated to the “spirit of religion.” Debates were held on the philosophy of religions. It was a school, and teachers represented every religion known at the time. No conflicts between religions were tolerated. Jesus took part in many of the discussions. He was also invited to give 24 lectures on the “Brotherhood of Men,” and to conduct 12 evening sessions for questions, discussions and debates on his lectures. These lectures were the most systematic and formal of all the Master’s teaching on Urantia. In reality, these lectures were on “the kingdom of God” and “the kingdoms of men.” The faculty of this school represented more than 30 religions and religious cults. In order to qualify as a faculty member, one had to espouse a belief in God. A Supreme Deity had to be included in their doctrines. Jesus taught that the kingdom of heaven is spiritual, that its founded on divine sovereignty–God. Religions will be at peace if they recognize the sovereignty of God. The Supreme Court has written God out of public life, and the result has been terrible. This country has lost its way. We have subjective values instead of truths we can all agree on. We have the top 1%insanely wealthy and a failing middle class. We have a cabal that wants to reduce the world’s population to 500,000. We were told the cabal would be arrested and sent to GITMO, but that hasn’t materialized. We have a government that keeps its citizens in the dark about too many events, the secret space program, free energy, ETs.********* When Jesus was 31, AD 25, he returned from Urmia. As he was passing through Palestine, his Thought Adjuster led him to Mount Hermon in order to finish the work of mastering his human mind and complete his full consecration to the remainder of his lifework on earth. Jesus was alone with God for 6 weeks on the slopes of Mount Hermon.**************** At the end of the 6 weeks, Jesus procured a pack animal and hired a boy named Tiglath. In the middle of August in AD 25 he set up a base camp, and leaving his supplies with Tiglath, he climbed up Mount Hermon. At 6000 feet he built a stone container in which Tiglath would put food twice a week. As Jesus ascended the first day he prayed that the Father would send a “guardian seraphim to be with Tiglath. He requested that he be permitted to go up to his last struggle with the realities of mortal existence alone. And his request was granted. He went into his great test with only his indwelling Adjuster to guide and sustain him” (134.8.2). While on the mountain, Jesus was confronted by superhuman beings, with whom he wrestled in spirit, and whom he defeated in power. They were real; they were his archenemies in the System of Satania.We can blame the Lucifer rebellion for the chaotic state of human civilization: wars, genocides, revolutions, murders, rapes, invasions, poverty, inequality, addictions and I could go on. During August and September Jesus finished the mortal task of personality control and mental comprehension. Jesus became assured of his triumph over the material aspects of his being, and the ascendancy of his divine nature over his human nature. During the last week on the mountain, Jesus asked the Father for permission to hold a conference with his Satania enemies as Joshua ben Joseph, the Son of Man. Permission was granted and a universe trial was set in motion. Satan, representing Lucifer, and the rebellious Planetary Prince, Caligastia, were present and fully visible to Jesus. And this “temptation,” this final trial of human loyalty in the face of misrepresentations of rebel personalities, had not to do with food, temple pinnacles or presumptuous acts. It had not to do with the kingdoms of this world, but with the sovereignty of a mighty and glorious universe. To the many proposals and counter proposals of the emissaries of Lucifer, Jesus only made reply: “May the will of my Paradise Father prevail, and you, my rebellious son, may the Ancients of Days judge you divinely. I am your Creator-father; I can hardly judge you justly, and my mercy you have already spurned. I commit you to the adjudication of the judges of a greater universe”(134.8.7). The Ancients of Days are the 3 rulers of the superuniverse of Orvonton. Lucifer and Satan were found guilty and chose self-termination as punishment. When Jesus came down the mountain, the rebellion was settled (or at least passed to a higher court), and he had gained full sovereignty of his universe.