Urantia Book 16. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, and Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. On their way to Italy, the three stopped at Malta. There Jesus had a conversation with a young man named Claudius, who was depressed and suicidal. After his talk with Jesus, he was determined to face life like a man and start life over again. Later, he joined Peter in Rome, proclaiming the Gospel, and never connecting Jesus with the man who helped him with his depression. During the tour, Jesus told people to call him the “scribe of Damascus.” At Syracuse they spent a full week. The only notable event there was the rehabilitation of Ezra, the keeper of the tavern. Ezra was a backslidden Jew, but he was charmed by Jesus’ approach and asked him for help in returning to the faith of Israel. Ezra said, “I want to be a true son of Abraham, but I cannot find God.” Jesus replied, “If you truly want to find God, that desire is in itself evidence that you have already found him. Your trouble is not that you cannot find God, for the Father has already found you; your trouble is simply that you do not know God. Have you not read in the Prophet Jeremiah, ‘You shall seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart’? And again, does not this same prophet say; ‘And I will give you a heart to know me, that I am the Lord, and you shall belong to my people, and I will be your God’?…And Ezra found God, and to the satisfaction of his soul. Later, Ezra and a Greek proselyte built the first Christian church in Syracuse” (130.8.2). At Messina Jesus spoke kind words to a boy, and he later became a Christian. At Naples Gonod had much business to transact so Jesus and Ganid went sight-seeing. They saw a lot of poverty, and Ganid was becoming adept at recognizing poverty. On the way to Rome Jesus gave alms to a beggar, but he did not give his usual comforting words of encouragement. This puzzled Ganid. Jesus explained to Ganid, “Why waste words on one who cannot perceive the meaning of what you say? The Spirit of the Father cannot reach and save one who has no capacity for sonship” (130.8.4). What Jesus meant was that the man was not of normal intelligence, that he lacked the ability to respond to spirit leading (UB). Is Jesus being politically incorrect? No, he’s just being realistic. I don’t approve of Bush’s “No child left behind” because it is unrealistic. I had special education students in a regular English class. When they wrote essays, the essays were incomprehensible, and they didn’t understand how to make them better–I couldn’t get them to understand. And they were the nicest students, but their expectations were elevated unfairly by being in regular classes. Their tests were modified so that they ended up with better scores than the regular students. And that’s enough from me.************** While Ganid was in Alexandria, he used translators to help him gather information about all the known religions. He finished the project in Rome. They are as follows: CYNICISM preserved the teachings of Melchizedek. “God is supreme; he is the Most High of heaven and earth. God is the perfected circle of eternity…God knows all…our secrets…God is a peace giver and a faithful protector of all who fear and trust him…we derive wisdom from the contemplation of the Most High…we have no friend like the Most High…God never forgets sincerity. He will guide the honest of heart into the truth, for God is Truth…Poor men and rich men are brothers, God is their Father. The evil you would not have done to you, do not to others…All the worlds and universes worship the Most High…The wise man hungers for the divine embrace” (131.1.1-9). JUDAISM: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and all things therein…The power of the Lord is great and his understanding infinite…The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him and his righteousness even to our children’s children…The heavens declare Gods righteousness and the people have seen his glory…(this is a repeat of the Hebrew scriptures and their eternal truths). BUDDHISM: Ganid was shocked that this religion was so great yet had no God. I’ve read that Buddhism is not a religion. It’s a way of thinking, of training the mind. But some of the earlier strains of Buddhism picked up Melchizedek’s teaching. Ganid chose this passage for his collection: “I have found the approach to the Immortal easy of access. I pray for faith to sustain me on the long journey…I know that faith from beyond will not fail me…By faith let us lay hold upon true righteousness and genuine manliness…sin is despicable…Evil is the path of false doctrines…Those who avoid evil by seeing things as they are gain joy by thus embracing the truth…Those who are sure of salvation are forever free from lust, envy, hatred and the delusions of wealth….Injustice done to your fellows shall come back upon you. The creature cannot escape the destiny of his deeds. He is the greatest of warriors who overcomes and subdues himself…The unselfish go to heaven, where they rejoice in the bliss of infinite liberality and continue to increase in noble generosity” (131.3.1-7). HINDUISM: Melchizedek’s teachings of the One God became embedded in the doctrines of this religion. “He is the great God, in every way Supreme. He is the creator and controller of the universe of universes. God is one God; he is alone and by himself; he is the only one. And this one God is our Maker and the last destiny of our soul…We worship him…God is the sure refuge of every good man when in need; the Immortal One cares for all mankind…The Lord even counts the ceaseless winking of every mortal’s eyes; and we worship this divine Being as our inseparable companion…Make prayer your inmost friend and worship your soul’s Support. ‘If you will but worship me in love,’ says the Eternal, ‘I will give you the wisdom to attain me, for my worship is common to all creatures’… God is our lover, our father, our brother and friend. And we long to know this God in our inner being. Man’s friends of the flesh cannot survive death; virtue alone walks by man’s side as he journeys ever onward toward the gladsome and sunlit fields of Paradise” (131.4.1-8). ZOROASTRIANISM was another religion studied by Ganid, but, aside from Judaism, no religion of that day contained more of Melchizedek’s teachings; there’s no need to repeat it here. This is also true of Jainism, so we will skip that and go to the Shinto religion of Japan. The passage Ganid chose is unusual because it is in the 1st person and it must be Jesus speaking. He says,”Since the olden people did not know my name, I manifested myself by being born into the world as a visible existence and endured such abasement even that man should not forget my name…I am the ruler of all creatures on land and in the four seas. Although I am great and supreme, still I have regard for the prayer of the poorest man”(131.7.2). This is a very odd passage to be found in a religious doctrine. The missionaries of Melchizedek were spreading the doctrine of the One God, not the Christian doctrine, and, although they went as far east as was possible, they lived in a time period centuries before Jesus or even David and the prophets. TAOISM: This religion won first place among the competing monotheistic religions in China. Ganid recorded the following: “How pure and tranquil is the Supreme One, and yet how powerful and mighty, how deep and unfathomable. This God of heaven is the honored ancestor of all things. If you know the Eternal, you are enlightened and wise. If you know not the Eternal, then does ignorance manifest itself as evil, and thus do the passions of sin arise. He is indeed the world’s mother, and all creation moves around him. A wise man universalizes his heart. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Those who aspire to greatness must learn to humble themselves…If you love people, they will draw near you–you will have no difficulty in winning them. You cannot find the Supreme, neither can you go to a place where he is not”(131.8.1-5). According to the UB, Confucianism is “the least God-recognizing of the world’s great religions.” But its practitioners responded to the missionarys’ doctrine about the One God. Ganid recorded the following, which had been incorporated into the doctrines of Confucianism:”What heaven appoints is without error. Truth is real and divine…Heaven has appointed subordinates to assist in the instruction and uplifting of inferior creatures…This Great God has conferred a moral sense even on many inferior people…We do well when we call the Great Heaven our Father and Mother. If we are thus servants of our divine ancestors, then may we in confidence pray to Heaven. God is with us; therefore we have no fear in our hearts…When you find yourself in the wrong, do not hesitate to confess your error and be quick to make amends. To attain the perfection of Heaven is the goal of man. What you do not like done to yourself, do not do to others” (131.9.1-4).* Ganid added another religion which he called OUR RELIGION. This was a summary of Jesus’ teachings to Ganid. I’m sure we don’t know everything Jesus taught Ganid, but we know Jesus’ teachings, so I will give a brief summary: “The Lord our God is one Lord, and you should love Him with all your mind and heart, while you do your best to love all His children as you love yourself…God dwells in every human soul through His Spirit…We cannot search out God by knowledge, but we can know Him in our hearts by personal experience. When men begin to feel after God, that is evidence that God has found them. Practice the worship of God by doing the will of God on earth. Thank God everyday for His unspeakable gifts” (131.10.1-6).****************************** It sounds like Melchizedek and his missionaries taught some items that I learned in the Urantia Book. For example, he didn’t teach them about the Universal Father, the First Person of the Trinity and ultimate creator of all things. Rather he taught them about the Most High, the 3 rulers of the Constellation Norlatiadek. He thought that would make it simpler for people (he didn’t tell them there were 3). Also there are many references to the Supreme. This is the Supreme Being, an experiencial God who grows by experiencing all of life. There are many Gods, the Gods of the Trinity being best known. But Jesus is not a God of the Trinity. He was born as a Creator Son, whose purpose is to rule a local universe. The Trinity consists of the Universal Father, the Eternal Son and the Infinite Spirit. Our Holy Spirit is a daughter of the Infinite Spirit and she is the partner in creation of the Creator Son, God of Nebadon, Christ Michael. She is also called the Mother Spirit because she gives life to the inert DNA put on planets by the Life Carriers. Also there was mention of more than one universe. There are 7 superuniverses, each with thousands of local universes. I hope this isn’t too wild. The Urantia Book is available on Amazon for $10.

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Before I continue with the life of Jesus, I would like to pause for an update on the Deep State v. The Alliance. This comes from EraOflight.com and it’s the history of Q or Q Anon. After the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012, 10 patriotic men formed a Circle. They were worried about losing America to foreign regimes through fascist forces. They formed a secret alliance, loyal to the flag and constitution. They decided to pick the next president. He must be motivated to put America first, outspoken, making things happen with his fervor and persistence. Trump was chosen, but he was only told that he had the support of a secret and powerful group. They told him the goals of the plan to make America great again: drain the swamp, border security, deregulation, breaking from globalization, America first, ending the Fed, bring back gold backed money, abolition of TTP and WTO trade agreements and withdrawal of Paris climate accord. Trump was told nothing else and he even had to spend his own money on his campaign. But he accepted it because the man told him he could do it his way–he wouldn’t be answering to anybody. The middleman who brings messages to Trump has no contact with Q. The structure of Q is thus: The first 10 people is called The Circle; They chose 10 more and these are The Inner Circle–these have jobs in the White House; The next level is called the Outer Circle–these have jobs in the agencies, like the CIA; All these circles have 10 members; The last circle is called The Final Circle–these are judges put in strategic positions. All the people in these circles are 100% loyal to President Trump.

Urantia Book 15. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. When the boat was ready, the three enjoyed a passage to Alexandria. There were 2 magnificent harbors there, which made the city’s location a crossroad linking Africa, Asia and Europe. Again the UB says that Africa and Asia would have been more fertile ground for Jesus’ message than Europe. Having stepped off the boat, they found themselves standing on a highway 100 feet in width and 5 miles long. While Gonod did business, Jesus and Ganid visited the famous library. This library contained almost a million manuscripts. Some were from India, China and Japan. It held the largest collection of Indian literature in the world. They discussed over and over the religions of the world. Jesus always told Ganid that Yahweh is the God developed from the revelations of Melchizedek and the covenant of Abraham. The Jews occupied the land where Melchizedek taught, and they developed a clearer recognition of the Lord God of Israel as the Universal Father in heaven than any other religion (UB). Jesus and Ganid also spent time in the museum; it was not a collection of rare objects, but a university of fine arts, science and literature. Alexandria was the intellectual center of the Roman world. Professors gave daily lectures. Jesus translated the lectures for Ganid. This city held the largest Jewish synagogue in the world; the seat of government was the Sanhedrin, composed of 70 ruling elders. Philo, the famous religious philosopher in Alexandria, was trying to reconcile Greek philosophy with Jewish theology. That’s like trying to reconcile quantum mechanics with relativity–it probably can’t be done. On the evening before they left Alexandria, Jesus and Ganid had a long visit with a government professor who lectures on the teachings of Plato. Jesus injected no opinions of his own. After the visit ended, Jesus had a heart to heart talk with Ganid about Plato’s doctrines. Jesus tried to lay a more trustworthy foundation for Ganid’s thinking. One point he made was that: “Always must the desire to do the Father’s will be supreme in the soul and dominant over the mind of an ascending son of God.” The remainder of his discourse was complicated, but angels summarize what Jesus says, and the meaning gets lost. Also they have to translate it into English. Sorry. So much for that. Ganid had a question on evil the next morning. Jesus replied that evil is a relativity concept. He also said that “all static, dead concepts are potentially evil. The finite shadow of relative and living truth is continually moving. Static concepts invariably retard science, politics, society and religion. Static concepts… are deficient in wisdom and devoid of truth. But do not the concept of relativity so to mislead you that you fail to recognize the co-ordination of the universe under the guidance of the cosmic mind and its stabilized control by the energy and spirit of the Supreme” (130.4.15).************** In Crete Jesus had his first long talk with Gonod, since they were there just to relax. Gonod was impressed with Jesus’ religion, and never knew there was such a religion in Jerusalem. One day Ganid asked Jesus why he wasn’t a teacher. He replied that everything must await the coming of its time. No amount of impatience would help Ganid to grow up. Jesus said, I am now on the way to Rome, and that is sufficient for today. My tomorrow is wholly in the hands of my Father in heaven (UB). That night an unusual incident took place. As they were walking along, they saw a drunken man beating a girl. Jesus immediately intervened, holding the girl and keeping the man at arms length. The man tried to punch at Jesus, but Jesus’ powerful right arm held the man back. Jesus had a difficult time explaining to Ganid why he didn’t take down the drunken child beater. Later, when they were up in the mountains, Jesus had a long talk with a young man who had anxiety and depression. Jesus approached him twice, and the 2nd time caught the man’s attention. The man asked Jesus how he could recover from a miserable childhood. Jesus gave him a pep-talk, starting with: “My friend, arise! Stand up like a man!…Look, you have a strong body and powerful muscles–your physical equipment is better than the average. Of course, it is just about useless while you sit out here on the mountainside and grieve over your misfortunes, real and fancied…Your strong body has an intelligent mind to direct it. Set your mind at work to solve your problems; teach your intellect to work for you; refuse longer to be dominated by fear like an unthinking animal” (130.6.3).***** I can identify with the young man’s anxiety and depression. Pep talks always made me angry, but then I never had a pep talk from Jesus. When I was a child being abused, I saw Jesus and he had a very sympathetic look on his face. And now he never lectures me about anything. Most people don’t understand depression and they make matters worse when they try to help. Clinical major depression is a medical condition–it’s a chronic illness. So much for that. This man was reborn through Jesus’ ministrations. Jesus said to him:”You have been born again–born of the spirit–and henceforth will your whole life become one of victorious accomplishment. Trouble will invigorate you; disappointment will spur you on; difficulties will challenge you; and obstacles will stimulate you” (130.6.4). Subsequently, this man became the leader of the Christians in Crete and was very close to Titus.*********************** On the trip to Carthage, they stopped at Cyrene. Jesus and Ganid gave first aid to a boy named Rufus, who had been injured by the breakdown of an overloaded cart. They carried him home to his father, Simon, who never dreamed he would be ordered to carry Jesus’ cross by a Roman soldier. It was a small world back then, too.************************************* On the way to Carthage Ganid wanted to know Jesus’ secret for attracting friends. Jesus told him to be interested in people and do things for them. Look for opportunities to do something that you are sure they want done. Also, he quoted an old Jewish proverb–“A man who would have friends must show himself friendly.” At Carthage Jesus had a long talk with a Mithraic priest about immortality, time and eternity. The priest had many questions for Jesus. Jesus said: “Time is the stream of flowing temporal events perceived by creature consciousness. Time is a name given to the succession-arrangement whereby events are recognized and segregated. (Isn’t it unfortunate that none of this was in the Bible?) The universe of space is a time-related phenomenon as it is viewed from any interior position outside the fixed abode of Paradise. The motion of time is only revealed in relation to something which does not move in space as a time phenomenon…human personality is the only physically related reality which can transcend the material sequence of temporal events” (130.7.4). I would like to add that the intellect is just as important to God as the spirit. The Infinite Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, works in the area of mind. When we die, if we survive, we enter upon a long educational process which prepares us for worshiping the Universal Father. After we worship the Father, we serve somewhere in the superuniverse of origin. If you were a physicist in mortal life, you might want to teach or research. There is still much to learn. Jesus was a great philosopher–why didn’t this come out in his preaching?

Urantia Book 14. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. When Jesus was 28 (AD 22), he left Capernaum for Jerusalem. He had accrued a great deal of money, and it was invested, so his family was well cared for. Jesus spent a couple of months listening to the discussions in the Temple; he spent Sabbath days at Bethany. Salome sent with him a letter of introduction to her relative Annas, the former high priest, who spent much time with Jesus. Annas took Jesus to the many academies of the religious teachers. Passover arrived with all the Zebedees, and they all celebrated at Annas’ house. At the end of Passover, Jesus met a wealthy businessman from India and his 17 year old son. This man was traveling around the Empire and needed an interpreter. He wanted to hire Jesus, but he did not want to go far from his family. The merchant offered to give Jesus his years’ wages in advance, so Jesus accepted.******************************* Jesus spent his 29th year touring the Mediterranean world. He made many contacts, which was his purpose for going. He never told anybody but Zebedee where he was going, not even his disciples and especially not his mother. His family thought he had gone to Alexandria, and he said nothing to change this story. What was the motivation of the Michael bestowal? What was the purpose of his sojourn on Planet Earth? “He was consistently careful not to build up an over-attractive and attention-consuming personal career. He wanted to make no unusual or overpowering appeal to his fellow men. He was dedicated to the work of revealing the heavenly Father to his fellow mortals and at the same time was consecrated to the sublime task of living his mortal earth life all the while subject to the will of the same Paradise Father” (129.3.5). Also living this life on Urantia, he was living it for the whole universe. By the end of his tour with the merchant and his son, he had thoroughly learned the subject of man and how man lives on earth. To know humans and how they lived was the real purpose of his trip. He met and loved all sorts of humans–high and low, rich and poor, black and white, educated and uneducated, moral and immoral. Jesus progressed in knowing the mortal mind–he had graduated. And also at the end of the tour, Jesus knew without a shadow of a doubt that he was the Son of God–a Creator Son of the Universal Father. His Thought Adjuster was bringing to Jesus’ conscious mind the time when he was a child being trained in Paradise long before he created his universe. The TA also gave him the memory of the farewell conference with Immanuel when he was baptized by John in the Jordan River.********************* But he still hadn’t achieved full control of his mind. Jesus was on the cusp of the fusing of the “material mind of man and the mind-endowment of the spirit–the phenomenon of the making of these two minds one, the experience which the Son of Man attained in completion and finality, as an incarnated mortal of the realm, on the day of his baptism in the Jordan” (129.4.2). We may not aspire to live the life of Jesus, but we can live our own lives by the same means he lived his. Jesus is not a technical and detailed example for us to follow, but he is everlastingly the inspiration and guide.*********************************** The tour of the Roman world with Gonod and Ganid took all of Jesus’ 29th year. They left Jerusalem on April 26, AD 22. Jesus traveled with them until they parted at Charax on the Persian Gulf on December 12, AD 23. They traveled first to Alexandria and Rome, putting in at ports along the way. They went to Mesopotamia, visiting Ur. They traveled back to Damascus, where Jesus translated a book from Greek into an Indian language with the help of an Indian scholar. Jesus tutored Ganid every morning, and in the afternoons they were free for sightseeing. Jesus also acted as translator for Gonod’s business dealings. On his own time he sought out people for conversations which would give him more insight into humanity. He also acquainted himself with the higher material and intellectual civilization where-ever they happened to be. He learned much about India and China from Gonod and Ganid, who had been to China three times. They invited Jesus to come back to India, but he declined, citing family.***************************** At Joppa Jesus met an interpreter named Gadiah, and they quickly became friends. “This young Philistine was a truth seeker, Jesus was a truth giver; he WAS the truth for that generation on Urantia. When a great truth seeker and a great truth giver meet, the result is a great and liberating enlightenment born of the experience of new truth” (130.1.1). Gadiah and Jesus took a walk one night, and Gadiah asked Jesus if he thought Jonah was really in the belly of a whale. Jesus gave him a truly brilliant discourse on the symbolism of the event. Jesus recognized that Gadiah had learned from the text “the folly of trying to run away from duty; Jesus therefore said nothing that would suddenly destroy the foundation of Gadiah’s present motivation for practical living” (130.1.2). On their last visit Gadiah asked: “How can God, if he is infinitely good, permit us to suffer the sorrows of evil; after all, who creates evil?” Jesus replied that God’s goodness is so great and real that it cannot contain evil. There is no place in him for negativity. Evil is the immaturity of those who are resistant to goodness and disloyal to truth. Evil is the disturbing influence of ignorance. It is the darkness following rejection of light. When consciously embraced, it becomes sin. (UB) Gadiah was fully satisfied with Jesus’ answers–I am, too, they are so sophisticated for their time. I wish these explanations were in the Bible.*********************************** They were held up in Caesarea for a few days because a new paddle had to be made for the boat they were traveling on. Jesus offered to put his wood-working skills to the job. While they were waiting they went to the theater and saw a Greek play. Ganid was very impressed with the temple of Augustus. They also paid a formal visit to the palace of the Roman governor. Jesus met a Taoist from Mongolia and, because he could speak Greek, Jesus was able to tell him about the gospel of the heavenly Father and the kingdom of heaven. When he arrived back in Mongolia, he told everybody what Jesus had said. As a result his eldest son became a Taoist priest, preaching the one God. This priest influenced so many people that his own son and grandson became priests of the One God. The UB says that India and China were thirsty for the Gospel, and it’s sad that there was no Peter or Paul to go there and preach the Gospel.********************************** One day as they were working on the paddle, an employee heard Jesus mumbling and asked him what he was saying. Jesus indicated that the Father in heaven was interested in the welfare of his children on earth. Anaxand answered,” If the Gods are interested in me, then why do they not remove the cruel and unjust foreman of this workshop?” Jesus replied that the boy could lead his foreman to a better way by not letting him control all their interactions. The boy could use kindness. He should stop letting his foreman’s evil influence him. Return good when given evil.(UB) Jesus’ words impressed the boy, and he repeated them that night to the foreman, whereupon both of them came to Jesus for advice about their souls. Later on when Phillip was preaching in their town, they both became Christians.***************************** As Jesus and Ganid were playing with a very intelligent shepherd dog, Ganid wanted to know if the dog had a soul or a will. Jesus said it had a mind, and can know its master, but not God; therefore has no spiritual experience. The dog may have a will by nature and training, but it’s not like the human will. Dogs can’t decide on personal survival; only humans can do that because they have will (UB). As a result of this conversation Ganid no longer believed in the transmigration of the souls of men into the bodies of animals. Those recording Jesus’ every word heard him sum up by saying: “Will is that manifestation of the human mind which enables the subjective consciousness to express itself objectively and to experience the phenomenon of aspiring to be Godlike” (130.2.10).

Urantia Book 12. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. During Jesus’ 26th year (AD 20), he became aware that “he possessed a wide range of potential power, but it was not to be employed by his personality as the Son of Man, at least not until his hour should come” (128.7.1). The UB says it was literally true–that “in him were hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” There were thousands of angels looking in on Jesus’ progress, delighting in his every word and act. Things were running smooth at home, except for Jude. He lived at home, but wouldn’t pay his share of the family expenses. He would embarrass Jesus with his sudden patriotic outbursts and his dangerous exploits. James and Joseph wanted to kick him out of the house, but Jesus wouldn’t consent. When they complained about Jude, Jesus would just say “Be patient.” Jesus hoped that Jude would imitate his older brothers if they were compassionate to him. But Jude didn’t change for a long time. Jesus was himself preparing the family for the day when he could be consistently out of the picture. In addition to revealing his Father to Humankind, he had another goal: “He had to untangle the complicated affairs of this planet as they were related to the Lucifer rebellion” (128.7.6). This year Jesus, having leisure time, trained James in the caravan repair shop. He also trained Joseph in managing the household. Mary sensed that Jesus was planning to leave; she had given up on the idea that he was the Messiah; she didn’t understand him at all, and this caused her much grief. Jesus would take each family member for long walks up the hill and around the countryside. He took Jude to an uncle to do harvesting, but Jude ran away. Simon found him working with a fisherman and brought him back home. Jude and Jesus reached an agreement, and Jude worked as a fisherman until and after he was married. He sent money home and was no trouble after he started work as a fisherman. This marked the time when all Jesus’ brothers were established in their life work, and Jesus could leave without abandoning them or his mother. In November a double wedding took place: James and Esta and Jacob and Miriam. Mary was happy for the newlyweds, but sad about Jesus. She knew he was leaving, but he wouldn’t talk about it. She desperately wanted him to communicate with her, especially about his plans; “he was profoundly silent about the future.” James’ contributions to the family were cut in half; he now had the upkeep of his own nice house given to the bridal pair by Esta’s father. Jesus now formally installed Joseph as head of household. Jude was sending his wages home each month. Martha took Miriam’s place in the home, and things were running smoothly by the end of the year. The day after the double wedding, Jesus had a secret conference with James. He told James that he was planning to leave home. He gave full title to the repair shop to James, abdicated as head of house, and established James as head and protector of his father’s house. They signed a secret pact that James would be responsible for the family, and Jesus would be released from all further obligations. Jesus did, however, promise to send money home to use as James saw fit.********************* Jesus did not easily separate from his family. He loved all of them and was concerned for their welfare. He would do anything for the comfort and happiness of his widowed mother. He had been preparing the family for his departure for 4 years, so they were not shocked to see him leave. When he was 27 (AD 21), Jesus departed on a rainy Sunday morning without fuss, only telling his family that he was going to Tiberius and other cities around the Sea of Galilee. He drifted to Capernaum, where he stopped to visit his father’s friend, Zebedee. Zebedee’s sons were fishermen, and Zebedee himself was a boatbuilder. Jesus was an expert in designing and building; at working with wood. Zebedee had been planning to build better boats and laid his plans before Jesus. He invited Jesus to help him build these boats, and Jesus readily consented. Jesus worked with Zebedee for a year, but in that time “he created a new style of boat and established entirely new methods of boatbuilding…(they) began to build boats of a very superior type, craft which were far more safe for sailing the lake than were the older types…Jesus became well-known to the Galilean fisherfolk as the designer of the new boats” (129.1.3). Zebedee’s wife, Salome, loved Jesus as she loved her sons James, John and David, and they learned that Jesus was also a great fisherman. Jesus lived with the Zebedees, but each month sent home money to James. He returned home in October to attend Martha’s wedding. Two years later he would come home again to attend the double wedding of Simon and Jude.************************************As Jesus was building boats, he was observing people and how they lived on earth. He would frequently visit the Capernaum caravan station. There was a Roman military post nearby of which the commanding officer was a gentile believer in Yahweh. His family was wealthy, so he built a beautiful synagogue in Capernaum and presented it to the Jews shortly before Jesus arrived in the city. Jesus conducted the services in this synagogue about half of the time he spent with the Zebedees. When it came time for Jesus to pay taxes, he registered himself as “skilled craftsman of Capernaum.” From then on he was known as a resident of Capernaum. There were many new books in the synagogue, and Jesus studied these books at least 5 evenings a week. The Zebedees worshiped Jesus, and Jesus had a question and answer session for them after dinner every night. He gave instruction at the level they could understand. He discussed his ideas about politics, sociology, science, philosophy, but never presumed to speak with “authoritative finality,” except when discussing religion–the relation of man to God. Young people were drawn to Jesus, I think, because he was non-threatening and interested in what they had to say. He loved people; he was interested in people. And the UB says he didn’t give unsolicited advice.********************************** Once a week Jesus held a meeting for all of Zebedee’s employees. This is the time he started being called “Master.” They all loved him. This year Jesus made higher levels of contact with his Thought Adjuster. This was the last year he would have a permanent home. But before his teaching career could begin, he had “a few years of extensive travel and highly diversified personal activity” before him.

Urantia Book 11. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. The year Jesus was 22 (AD 16) Simon graduated from school and became a stone mason in partnership with Jesus’ old friend Jacob. Jesus spent most of his time at the caravan repair shop soaking up news and information from all the world. The family decided they should diversify–not all become carpenters. When work was slack, Jesus went to Sepphoris and worked in metals. After 6 months he acquired considerable skill at the anvil. Jesus called together a family conference and solemnly installed James, who had recently turned 18, as acting head of the house. James assumed full financial responsibility. Jesus gave to James his wages on a weekly schedule, and he never intended to take back the position of head of household. Neither did he come home every night. He wanted to train James and Joseph in taking responsibility for the family. He was in the process of weaning his family from him. He came home on the Sabbath and during the week “to observe the working of the new plan, to give advice and offer helpful suggestions” (128.2.4). Living and working in Sepphoris gave Jesus an opportunity to study gentiles, habits of living, attitudes and minds. After 6 months he found that this city of Herod Antipas possessed such low morals that he anticipated his trips back to Nazareth. Jesus finally moved back home and to the caravan repair shop, but he left James and Joseph in charge of the house. After James ran the household for 2 years, Joseph started managing the household.** In Jesus’ 23rd year (AD 17) there was less financial pressure because 4 of the older boys were working. And Miriam earned a considerable amount selling milk and butter. Martha too was working; she had become an expert weaver. Jesus stopped work for 3 weeks to take Simon to Passover in Jerusalem. It was the longest vacation he ever had. The brothers met a rich merchant who invited Jesus to enter his Oriental import business. Jesus thought about seeing all the wonderful places he would like to see, but he told the merchant he had family obligations. While Simon was going through the ceremonies, Jesus talked to gentile proselytes (gentiles who are studying to join the Hebrew faith). Incidentally, Judaism was well respected in the ancient world for its moral laws, its family values and its monotheism. Jesus did go to Damascus to visit the merchant and stayed 4 months. The merchant had a proposal that was the greatest temptation that Jesus faced thus far in his life. The merchant wanted to found a school in Damascus, and he wanted Jesus to 1) travel the world and look at the best schools and 2) be the head of a school of religious philosophy. And the merchant brought before Jesus 12 more merchants who supported this project. Jesus would not consent due to prior “obligations”—-very vague obligations. Jesus knew he couldn’t be trapped in other men’s plans and ideas.****************************** The UB says that the disciples twisted the meaning of Jesus religion. Jesus’ religion was about the love of the Father, the mercy and forgiveness of God, the Fatherhood of God. Most of all, God was not the vengeful god in the Hebrew scriptures. Jesus’ religion was not about Jesus. But the disciples made their religion about Jesus and Paul invented Christ. Paul literally invented the Christian religion. The UB says: “Very early he recognized that his followers would be tempted to formulate a religion ABOUT him which might become a competitor of the gospel of the kingdom that he intended to proclaim to the world” (128.4.6). And he did not want men to believe in him unless their hearts were responsive to the spiritual realities revealed in his teachings (UB).********** By Jesus’ 24th year (AD 18) he was comparatively free of family responsibility. James was excellent at home management, with occasional counsel from Jesus. After Passover of this year Jesus had a conference in Caesarea with 5 prominent Jews of Alexandria. They wanted him to set himself up as a religious teacher in Alexandria, where they would give him the position of assistant to the chazan in their chief synagogue. They predicted a revolt in Jerusalem, at which time the Temple would be destroyed, leaving Alexandria as the only center of Jewish learning. And Alexandria is already becoming the chief intellectual and religious city in the Empire. Jesus, of course, declined with the vague reason that “my hour has not yet come…” He also refused a money gift meant to defray the expenses of the trip to Caesarea.**************************** The rest of the year was uneventful. James told Jesus that he wanted to marry a girl named Esta. He would train Joseph for 2 years and then be ready to marry. And then marriage was in the air. Miriam came and put her plans before Jesus. Jacob was now a business associate of James and Joseph, and Jacob had wanted to marry Miriam for a long time. Jesus told Miriam that Jacob would have to come to him and ask for her, and he would consent when Martha was trained in the duties of the eldest daughter.**** When Jesus was 25 (AD 19), he took Jude to Passover in Jerusalem, where Jude got in trouble. A Roman guard made a lewd remark about a Jewish woman, which Jude heard. So Jude expressed his resentment about everything Roman–in the guard’s face. Jude was taken to the prison, and Jesus went with him to help. As a result, Jude was never consecrated as a son of the commonwealth of Israel. The magistrate let them go and suggested that Jesus keep a tighter rein on Jude. But he was always a problem for Jesus. This was the last Passover Jesus attended with a family member. He started to drift away from the family and toward his destiny as the Son of Man.

Urantia Book 10. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. By Jesus’ 19th year, he and Mary were getting along much better. She thought of him less as a son and more like a father to her children. Also, I suppose she had given up trying to control him. Jesus won his mother over to positive methods of child-training–the injunction to do good in place of the older Jewish method of forbidding to do evil. He would later use the positive injunction to do good in his teaching career. As a result of Jesus’ positive methods, little or no punishment was ever required to secure the children’s prompt obedience. The exception was bad-boy Jude, and his punishment was meted out by the older children and agreed to by Jude himself. Regarding rules, Jesus had a casual elasticity which endeared him to the children. James and Simon tried to follow Jesus and not fight with other boys; they used persuasion and non-resistance, and were fairly successful at it. But Joseph and Jude defended themselves while giving lip-service to non-violence at home. “But non-resistance was not a rule of the family; no penalty was attached to the violation of personal teachings” (127.4.5).******************************* “James was a well-balanced and even-tempered youth, but not as spiritually inclined as Jesus. Joseph was a plodder, and not up to the intellectual level of the other children. Simon was a well-meaning boy but too much of a dreamer. Jude was a firebrand. He had the highest ideals, but he was unstable in temperament…Miriam was a well-balanced and level-headed daughter with a keen appreciation of things noble and spiritual. Martha was slow in thought and action but a very dependable and efficient child. Baby Ruth was the sunshine of the home…she just about worshiped her big brother and father…Miriam was the belle of the family, if not of the city” (127.4.7-8).***** This year Jude started school, and it was necessary for Jesus to sell his harp to defray expenses. He was comforted by the thought that the tax collector couldn’t confiscate it. Jesus was very attractive to the young women of Nazareth. Although his family was poor, that in no way affected his social standing. Since Jesus was an intellectual and religious leader, as well as being physically attractive, it’s no wonder that Rebecca, the eldest daughter of Ezra, a wealthy merchant, should find herself finding herself falling in love with him. She confided this to Miriam, who told her mother, Mary. Mary was intensely aroused by this news. Was she about to lose the head of the house? Would troubles never cease? What next would happen? And then she thought of his career–wasn’t he a child of promise? Mary and Miriam decided to stop this threat before Jesus heard about it. They went to Rebecca and told her it was impossible for her to marry Jesus because they believed he was the Messiah. This only excited Rebecca more; she was determined to take care of Jesus as he fulfilled whatever role he was destined for. Rebecca’s father offered to support the family of Jesus if he married Rebecca. Mary still wouldn’t give her consent. Rebecca went straight to Jesus. Rebecca’s father and then Rebecca put the marriage proposal before Jesus, and he listened politely. Jesus said to Rebecca that her proposal would cheer and comfort him all his life, but—there’s always a but—“He made it clear that his first and paramount duty was the rearing of his father’s family; that he could not consider marriage until that was accomplished; and then he added: If I am a son of destiny, I must not assume obligations of life-long duration until such time as my destiny shall be made manifest” (127.5.5). Rebecca was heartbroken, and when Jesus began his career of revealing his heavenly Father, she was in the corp of those women who traveled with him and took care of the needs of everybody. She stood at the foot of the cross with Mary.******************* The year that Jesus turned 20 (AD 14) he was well on his way to mastering the skills he would need to preach his themes. “He very nearly mastered the technique of utilizing the energy of the spiritual drive to turn the mechanism of material achievement. He slowly learned how to live the heavenly life while continuing with an earthly existence…he continued to experience life in mortal flesh, a full, representative, replete life on Urantia. He left this world ripe in the experience which his creatures pass through during the short and strenuous years of their first life, the life in the flesh. And all this human experience is an eternal possession of the Universe Sovereign. He is our understanding brother, sympathetic friend, experienced sovereign and merciful father” (127.6.12-13). We must pause here and discuss the identity of Jesus. Jesus’ real name is Michael. He is one of 700,000 Creator Sons produced by the Universal Father and the mother side of the Eternal Son. Each local universe is ruled by a Creator Son and they are named Michael. The Trinity on Paradise Isle is composed of the Universal Father, the Eternal Son and the Infinite Spirit. Each Creator Son has a Mother Spirit, a Consort donated by the Infinite Spirit, who works with him to create everything that’s in the universe. She is also called the Holy Spirit and the Divine Minister. And she is the source of life. As for Jesus, he was also called Christ Michael because Christ means anointed. Also, Jesus is the Word in John 1. Going along with the Genesis account, the Word created the world. It is actually Jesus/Creator Son in Genesis who is creating everything. In his 21st year Jesus figured out that he was a Creator Son of the Paradise Father. He did not hesitate to say publicly that he was the Son of God. He declared that “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. He made no protest later when people called him Lord of Glory, Ruler of the Universe, Lord God of all Creation, Holy One of Israel, Lord of all and God with us.” During Jesus’ 21st year he took Joseph to Passover in Jerusalem. Joseph tried to pull information from Jesus about his future plans, asking many leading questions, but Jesus would only say, “My hour has not yet come..” (128.1.15).