Episode:Jesus Faces Death—Brought to Trial (Part 2)

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January 7, 2020 [Paper 183:3-4, p. 1973]

Jesus made one last effort to save Judas from actually betraying him in that, before the traitor could reach him, he stepped to one side and addressed the foremost soldier, saying, "Whom do you seek?" The captain of the Romans answered, "Jesus of Nazareth." Then Jesus stepped up immediately in front of the officer and, standing there in the calm majesty of the God of all this creation, said, "I am he."

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Keywords: Urantia, Jesus, The Master's Arrest, Judas's Pride, The Apostles' Disarray

Notes by Brad

  • Caring about your inner life does not imply utter indifference toward the outer life.
    • If it did, why even bother existing here?
    • It simply means: guard your inner domain. Don't allow it to be sucked into temporal affairs.
    • You are sovereign there. It's the only place you're sovereign.
    • To be someone standing with your feet on eternity instead of in time. Not seen often in this world.
    • Could the Spirit of Truth help us with this today?
      • Superconsciously, sure.
      • But in our conscious lives? No, nothing has much changed in the last 2,000 years.

  • Most on Earth today are dominated by outer-life fear.
    • Fear appears to be a source of power.
      • Sure! It is. But there is a greater source of power.
    • Someone not dominated by fear, when everyone else is, is frankly terrifying to people (c.f., Jesus)
      • What we're talking about here is uncommon.
    • Also, we are more spiritually animated today than 2,000 years ago.
      • We are logically, therefore, quicker to hate that which we fear.
      • Hence the emergency.

  • Can we expect to gain any insight the intellectual giants of the past have achieved?
    • Perhaps, or perhaps not. But make the effort if you will.
    • Why? Because a humble relationship with the authoritative elimination of error (the 5th ER) could potentially spark something even some of the best intellectual giants of the last 2,000 years have been unable to obtain.

  • Concerning schemers
    • Judas was such a schemer. And Jesus cuts right through it with one sentence, delivered masterfully, after the infamous kiss.
    • A schemer cannot think on his feet, in the moment, objectively.
    • A schemer only has a Plan A, no Plan B. Jesus has new plans over and over, adapting to conditions.
    • Jesus tried to give Judas an "out," and Jesus will not play Judas' little game.
    • Can you stop being a schemer?
      • you think you aren't? How about those times you prepare remarks to say to a group? Where you wait to talk instead of really listen to others?
      • Can you set your ego aside and be really present in the moment and truly interact with your fellow humans?

  • Nonlinear storytelling going on here. The midwayers like it. They'll set the scene before proceeding with a linear narrative, for example. They'll step outside of the narrative with a digression. Etc.

  • Compare with the Bible:
    • Each gospel has a slightly different perspective.
    • In John's gospel, Judas is removed from the picture. In truth, this garden arrest is an interaction between Jesus and the Romans. Including the two times the Roman captain is addressed.
    • But in (John) Mark's gospel, it's all about Judas' kiss. Vivid, discongruous imagery.
    • Luke found out Malchus' ear wasn't chopped off, as John Mark exaggeratedly told. So Luke deduced Jesus healed the ear. And on goes the tall tale.
      • You can see how the gospels got constructed by reflecting on this ear not being chopped off.
    • Meanwhile, here we have the authoritative elimination of error.

  • HOMEWORK: try reading the Gospel of Mark. It only takes a couple of hours, the narrative is simple if you've studied The Urantia Book.
    • And you need this to properly understand the context of Western Civilization.
    • Remember: "The Bible" literally means "The BOOK." As in, the one major book.

  • We had an excellent discussion about animal-origin fear, its place in this life, and the ongoing need to trust even after this life.

  • Jesus addresses Judas as "friend." In truth, Jesus still regards him as a friend. But Judas thinks of Jesus as an enemy.
    • That simple, one, sincere word to Judas blights his mind.
    • And it sidelines him from the proceedings. It defuses things. Instead of an animated, bloody garden slaughter, Jesus is taken away quietly.
      • Jesus is the master of de-escalation. Six million angels were ready to step in! That would have been a scene.

  • The Apostles cannot use their minds normally in this moment.
    • No amount of preparation by Jesus could help in this moment.
    • They're like a cork tossed about in the ocean of material energy currents at the moment.