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 is not about indifference toward the outer life.
    • If it were, why even bother existing?
    • Guard your inner domain. Don't allow it to be sucked into temporal affairs.
    • You are sovereign there.
    • But almost everyone on Earth is dominated by fear. What we're talking about here is uncommon.
    • Someone who is not dominated by fear when everyone else is, is terrifying to people.
    • To be someone standing with your feet on eternity instead of in time. Not seen often in this world.
    • Fear appears to be a source of power. It is. But there is a greater source of power.
    • Could the Spirit of Truth help us with this today? Superconsciously, sure. But in our conscious lives? Nothing has much changed in the last 2,000 years.
    • And yet, today our minds are more animated by the shadows cast into it by greater spiritual influence. Hence the emergency.
    • Today, we are quicker (naturally) to hate that which we fear. More than people 2,000 years ago.

  • A humble relationship with the authoritative elimination of error (the 5th ER) can spark something that even some of the best intellectual giants of the last 2,000 years have been unable to obtain.

  • Schemer! Judas was such a schemer. And Jesus cuts right through it with one sentence, delivered masterly.
    • He tried to give Judas an "out," but doesn't play his game.
    • But 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.
    • Can you stop being a schemer, preparing your remarks well in advance of a study group? And be 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:
    • In John's gospel, Judas is removed form the picutre. In truth, it's 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.
    • Each gospel has a slightly different perspective.
    • We have the authoritative elimination of error.
  • We recommend anyone who hasn't recently 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.
  • You can see how the gospels got constructed by reflecting on this ear not being chopped off.
    • 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.

  • 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 it reveals to Judas that 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 slaughter, Jesus is taken away quietly.
    • A 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 just like a cork tossed about in the ocean of material energy currents at the moment.