Urantia Book 101. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua bin Joseph, Yeshua, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. Jesus next spoke to Philip. He said: “Philip, you have asked me many foolish questions, but I have done my utmost to answer every one; and now you are wondering what you will do when I am gone. You must soon more fully do the work you were called to do–the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom. Then the Master went over to Nathaniel and said: “When I am gone, your frankness may interfere with your relationships, both new and old. Even good thoughts must be modulated for the level of spiritual status and intellectual development of your listeners.” Nathaniel interrupted and complained that he didn’t understand the teachings of Jesus. Jesus told him: “I have done all I can to enlighten your minds and liberate your souls, and what you have not been able to get from my teachings and my life, you must get from that universal master of all teachers–actual experience. Continue becoming perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. Jesus then went to Thomas, who heard Jesus say: “Thomas, you have often lacked faith; however, when you have had your seasons of doubt, you’ve never lacked courage. I know, after a short period of perplexity, you will go on in the service of the kingdom. Your doubts have perplexed your brethren, but they have never troubled me. I have confidence in you, and I will go before you even to the uttermost parts of the earth.” Jesus then went over to Simon Peter and said: “Peter, I am distressed that your years of such close association with me have not done more to help you think before you speak. What experience must you pass through before you learn to set a guard upon your lips? How much trouble have you made for us by your thoughtless speaking, by your presumptuous self-confidence. This night you will all be in great danger of stumbling over me. When I am absent, there is great danger that some of you will succumb to doubts and stumble because of what befalls me. But I promise you now that I will come back to you for a little while, and then I will go before you into Galilee.” Peter said he would die for Jesus, prompting the famous prediction: “Peter, this night the cock will not crow until you have denied me three or four times” (181.2.1-30).****** Jesus and his apostles left the Upper Room and went to their camp. There, Jesus asked them to pray. Jesus prayed for strength to sustain them in all they had to do in the Father’s name. He continued: “And this is eternal life, that my creatures should know you as the only true God and Father of all, and that they should believe in him whom you sent into the world. Father, I have exalted you on earth and have accomplished the work which you sent me to do. I have almost finished the bestowal on the children of our own creation; there remains for me only to lay down my life in the flesh. And now, O my Father, glorify me with the glory I had with you before this world was and receive me once more at your right hand. You gave me twelve men and I have kept them all save one, the son of revenge, who would not have further fellowship with us. I desire that they should be filled with the joy of the assurance of sonship in the heavenly kingdom. I desire that you keep them from the evil in the world. Sanctify them in the truth. Jesus, the Father incarnate, could truly say: “I am the bread of life; I am the living water; I am the light of the world; I am the desire of all ages; I am the door to eternal salvation; I am the reality of endless life; I am the good shepherd; I am the pathway of infinite perfection; I am the resurrection and the life; I am the secret of eternal survival; I am the way, the truth and the life; I am the infinite Father of my finite children; I am the true vine, you are the branches; I am the hope of all who know the living truth; I am the living bridge from one world to another; I am the living link between time and eternity.” As divine love reveals the nature of God, eternal truth discloses his name in ever-enlarging proportions (182.1.1-11).

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