Urantia Book 83. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Yeshua, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. Monday evening, March 6, Jesus and 10 apostles arrived at the Pella camp. Jesus was very active in teaching the multitude and instructing the apostles. The whole camp was agog with the news about Lazarus, which had arrived two days before Jesus and his followers. Meanwhile, the Pharisees and chief priests had begun to formulate the charges against Jesus and make specific their accusations. They objected to the Master’s teachings on these grounds: 1. He is a friend of publicans and sinners; he receives the ungodly and even eats with them. 2. He is a blasphemer; he talks about God as being his Father and thinks he is equal with God. 3. He is a lawbreaker. He heals disease on the Sabbath and in many other ways flouts the sacred laws of Israel. 4. He is in league with devils. He works wonders and does seeming miracles by the power of Beelzebub, the prince of devils.******** On Thursday afternoon Jesus told the crowd his three favorite parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son. He said: “You have been admonished by the prophets from Samuel to John that you should seek for God—search for truth. Always have they said, ‘seek the Lord while he may be found.’ But I have come to show you that, while you are seeking to find God, God is likewise seeking to find you. The fact that souls are lost only increases the interest of the heavenly Father. I have come to this world to do my Father’s bidding, and it has truly been said of the Son of Man that he is a friend of publicans and sinners. You have been taught that divine acceptance comes after your repentance and as a result of your works of sacrifice and penitence, but I assure you that the Father accepts you even before you have repented and sends the Son and his associates to find you and bring you, with rejoicing, back to the fold, the kingdom of sonship and spiritual progress. You are all like sheep which have gone astray, and I have come to seek and to save those who are lost. And Jesus told them the story of the prodigal son. The younger of two sons was cheerful and carefree but indolent and unreliable while the elder son was steady and industrious but self-centered, surly and conceited. The conflict between them became so acrimonious that the younger son went to their father and asked for his share of the assets so he could go out to seek his fortune. The only job he could get, there being a famine, was feeding pigs, so he decided to come home. His father was overjoyed when he saw his son approach and prepared a sumptuous feast for him. Of course the other son was jealous, not to say furious at this treatment of his lazy brother, and complained that his father never killed a calf for him and his friends. But the Father replied: ‘But son, you didn’t ask.'” The point is that if we want something, we must ask–God doesn’t read minds(169.1.1-13).*********************** Jesus always had trouble explaining to his apostles that, while they proclaimed the kingdom of heaven, the Father in heaven was not a king. The people of Urantia mostly knew of kings and emperors in the governments of the nations and the Jews looked forward to the kingdom of God. Jesus never referred to his Father as a king, and he referred to himself as the Son of Man. He depicted all his followers as servants of mankind and messengers of the gospel of the kingdom. Jesus never gave his apostles a systematic lesson concerning the personality and attributes of the father in heaven. He never asked men to believe in his Father; he took it for granted they did. Jesus never belittled himself by offering proofs of the reality of the Father. His teaching regarding the Father all centered in the declaration that he and the Father are one; that he who has seen the Son has seen the Father; that the Father, like the Son; knows all things; that only the Son really knows the Father, and he to him the Son will reveal him; that he who knows the Son knows also the Father; and that the Father sent him into the world to reveal their combined natures and to show forth their conjoint work. He never made other pronouncements about his Father except to the woman at Jacob’s well, when he declared: “God is spirit.” You learn about God from Jesus, by observing the divinity of his life, not by depending on his teachings. From the life of the Master you may each assimilate that concept of God which represents the measure of your capacity to perceive realities spiritual and divine, truths real and eternal. God can be known only by the realities of experience; never can he be understood by the mere teaching of the mind. You can know God, not by understanding what Jesus said, but by knowing what Jesus was. Jesus was a revelation of God. Except when quoting the Hebrew scriptures, Jesus referred to Deity by only two names: God and Father. And when Jesus made reference to his Father as God, he usually employed the Hebrew word signifying the plural God (Trinity) and not the word Yahweh, which stood for the progressive conception of the tribal God of the Jews (169.4.1-10). Very interesting. Something even more interesting has developed. The UB is discussing the Elohim God. Elohim is plural for gods. These gods were the Anunnaki and they appear in Genesis as creators of man. They came down from their planet Niburu looking for gold to save their atmosphere. They created man to work in the gold mines in Africa. We were created as a slave race. Tera, Abraham’s father was a priest of these gods and there were statues of these gods in Abraham’s home. We have the genes of about 11 species of aliens in us and most of the aliens who visit the earth are like us–human. My one disappointment with the UB is that it has very little coverage of the Anunnaki.