Urantia Book 114. The life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua bin Joseph, Yeshua, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. Early Sunday morning the apostles were in the Upper Room where they ate the Last Supper, except Thomas, who grieved over his troubles in solitude at the home of Simon. The apostles all suffered from fear, grief and shame. The women were gathered at Joseph’s house. Five of the women started out at 3 o’clock with embalming linen and ointments in order to give Jesus a proper burial. The group comprised Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the Alpheus twins, Salome the mother of the Zebedee brothers, Joanna the wife of Chuza, and Susanna the daughter of Ezra of Alexandria. They met soldiers running in panic on their way to the tomb, which made them hesitant about going further, but after nothing else happened, they continued to the tomb. When they arrived the rock was rolled away and the body of Jesus was gone. Mary Magdalene entered the tomb and saw that grave clothes were neatly folded and resting on the stone. Mary was terrorized and she left the tomb only to find that the others were gone. They came back and they all entered the tomb to ascertain that it was empty. They sat down to talk it over; it hadn’t occurred to them that he had resurrected. They did observe a stranger, which frightened them. But they thought he was the caretaker, and they asked him where he took the body of Jesus. The stranger asked: “Whom do you seek?” Mary said: ” We seek for Jesus, who was laid to rest in Joseph’s tomb, but he is gone. Do you know where they have taken him?” Then said Jesus: “Did not this Jesus tell you, even in Galilee, that he would die but he would rise again?” The Master’s morontia appearance was so unusual that they still didn’t recognize him until he addressed Mary in the voice of affectionate greeting and she fell at his feet and exclaimed “My Lord and my Master!” And as Mary sought to embrace his feet, Jesus said: “Touch me not, Mary, for I am not as you knew me in the flesh. In this form I shall tarry with you for a season before I ascend to my Father. But go, all of you, now, and tell my apostles–and Peter–that I have risen and that you have talked with me.”*****************John and Peter rushed to the tomb, John being younger got there faster. Then they sat down to ponder the empty tomb, unable to wrap their minds around this fact. Did enemies steal the body? Mary appeared and was weeping because no one would believe her announcement that the Lord had risen. Peter and John left the tomb while Mary lingered. Jesus again said to her: “Be not doubting; have the courage to believe what you have seen and heard. Go back to my apostles and again tell them that I have arisen, that I will appear to them, and that will presently go before them into Galilee as I promised.” Mary went back to the Mark home and again told the apostles that she had talked with Jesus, but they did not believe her. Peter and John didn’t ridicule her; they were full of fear and apprehension.**************** The resurrected Jesus now prepares to spend a short period on Urantia for the purpose of experiencing the ascending career of a mortal of the realms. The power which enabled Jesus to arise from the dead is the very gift of eternal life which he bestows upon kingdom believers and even now makes certain their resurrection from the bonds of natural death. All of us, you, me, when we die will go to the resurrection halls on the first morontia world of our system of Satania. We will get a morontia body, like the body Jesus had. It doesn’t have circulating blood, but there is some question about whether a person with a morontia body can eat. Jesus ate fish with his apostles and I’ve read that there are grocery stores on the morontia worlds. The fact that the Apostles wouldn’t take Mary seriously when she told them Jesus had arisen, speaks to the view held of women in that society, but it also shows Jesus to be radical in his thinking.

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