Episode:Jesus Faces Death—The Crucifixion (Part 2)

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March 24, 2020 [Paper 186:2.5-3.5, p. 1999]

Jesus had acquired that type of human character which could preserve its composure and assert its dignity in the face of continued and gratuitous insult. He could not be intimidated. Jesus revealed to all beings the manner in which God can become manifest in the life of the creature when such a creature truly chooses to do the will of the Father, thus becoming an active son of the living God.

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Keywords: Urantia, Jesus, Simple Dignity, Unostentatious Majesty, Dependable David Zebedee



Notes by Brad

  • It's in your freewill hands as concerns spirit influence over adjutant-mind spirit ministry.
    • They act in their lower energy modes (e.g. zeal) naturally. But your will can make it its higher function (e.g. worship)
    • They don't confer the spirit of worship on your. You ennoble it from above to become that spirit of worship.
    • Do you really think, by grace, you'd have the full encompassment of the spirit of wisdom?
      • Sounds like the Lucifer rebellion--do you think you are innately divine?
    • Zeal is definitely tricky.
      • Ideas are fine. theories are fine. But energizing them with "join me in this great cause" isproblematic.
    • The very first time the 6th and 7th adjutants functioned here, they didn't even have the Holy Spirit (it was encircuited shortly thereafter)
      • We recapitulate this in our own lives, too.
    • You can't build a better mind yoursewlf though. It's grown in you. Supply favorable conditions.
    • Just as a physical bodies needs favorable conditions for growth, so does the mind and spirit.
      • It's really one triune energy system, after all.


  • Does it feel like we now live in cursed times? A black ooze everywhere and disfavor with the gods?
    • It's inescapable. Thoughts of purity.
    • Can you avoid letting that run endlessly? It's quite self-destructive, after all.
    • Can you exercise self-control? Use reason?
    • can you have overcontrol of your fear impulse?
    • Do it improperly, you spread the fear of the moment out to dread--out to infinity, as it were.
    • It's also possible, in the material-comfort era, to forget what dread felt like.
    • Dread can actually motivate you in primitive times (I am tired of dreading tomorrow! I will do something about it!).
      • Perhaps panic buying is a manifestation of this? A sense of asserting control in the face of dread and distress.
      • It's a complex phenomenon, when the mind washes hither and yon, as it may.
      • It eventually leads to the waking life resembling dream life. And people report such experiences in times like this.
    • "Get a hold of yourself?"
      • "Be collected. No more amazement. Tell your piteous heart there’s no harm done." --Prospero, from The Tempest
      • The animal you will always fear death. The 5th ER doesn't dispel this away. Your mortal self died.
      • Grace is about something above your mortal self that does go on.
      • Can you identify more with your potentially immortal self in times like this?
      • Establish real trust in eternity.


  • Consider the inevitabilities when considering Jesus' character.
    • Do we desire this caliber of character? Then continuous and gratuitous insult was inevitable!
    • And we are potential agondonters, our world is full of tribulation more than many other mortalspheres.


  • Every actuality is a potentiality. It's in your freewill hands.
    • You can grow in relation to a difficulty, or be crushed by it. Always. Always. Always.
    • Everything is a test. Not an eternal test, of course. But can you not be "continuously and gratuitously insulted" by the news of the hour, and the empty grocery store shelves?
      • Pilate was on trial. Today we each are on trial today.
      • Do you know truth? Do you obey truth? Or do you rage like the heathen?
      • Can you be collected even when the news cycle tries to make you behave like an animal?


  • Jesus wasn't really blasphemous, but in the subjective non-reality of the Sanhedrists, he was.
    • They let their isms get out of control. And to them it was purple-faced, garment-rending subjective blasphemy.


  • Consecrating your will to God the Father's will. How do you do it truly?
    • You can start with the initiation of God the father.
    • But to uphold this choice--to make it true--you need consecration to the whole, to God the Mother.
    • You cannot even truly love without this wholeness.
      • Instead of a benign virus of love, you'd get a malignant virus.
    • God the Father can make it real. But only God the Mother can make it true.


  • Instead of mere self-possession (overcoming your anger), can you strive to be a true human, to have great self-possession (not even get angry)?
    • And recall that anger is just the other side of the coin of impatience ([48:7], mota item #18)
    • And even beyond patience, there is longsuffering.


  • David Zebedee seemed to always be a step ahead, always have a plan. Methodical. And collected.
    • He seemed to be able to turn fear into focus.
      • Which speaks to us today, in these strange times.
    • If you cannot focus, you certainly have no capacity to have wisdom, insight, or foresight.
      • You can't even get to the first of the three cosmic intuitions without. It's called the logical acumen for heaven's sake! (acumen means "brought to a point")
      • Be focused, not fuzzy, in your thinking.
    • David Z. seems biased toward his individuality consciousness, allowing him to focus more easily.
      • Which is unusual for a follower of Jesus, usually more likely biased to their unity consciousness.
    • David tended to see things clearly in these stressful times, while even Jesus' apostles were taken to illusions or even utterly disordered minds.


  • "Five or six tents" -- could the Midwayers' records possibly not even be infinitely precise?


  • Focus is something to strive for, even if your genetics don't predispose you to it.
    • You can be grown. Just be patient and someday you can transcend your genetics.
    • Though you also can spend a lifetime practicing the defocusing of your mind. Which is unfortunate.
    • But even if that's so, it you can just let go a bit, your mind can arbitrarily re-find some focus.
      • Vivid islands of thought will individuate certainly! But if it's a vivid of island of heat (instead of light), it might just make your subjective condition even worse.
      • Seek vivid islands of light, not vivid islands of heat, in your mind.
    • Perhaps a great actor can let illusions take total hold of them. and maybe that's fun on stage.
      • But that isn't focus. In a crisis, you need focus and sober thinking. No illusions.
      • Are you someone who has an illusion that light and life is nigh? You need focus! This is material-comfort era, sliding back into security and even nutrition eras. Not light & life!


  • Appreciate what kind of organization David Z has here.
    • Messengers went out far and wide, east and west of the Jordan River.
    • And all the way over to the west, to Alexandria.
    • They started running with 5 minutes of Jesus being taken away for crucifixion. He was loaded and ready to go.


  • Note:Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin, but didn't want Jesus killed
    • He was a Pharisee, not a Saducee.


  • Several references to David Z.'s literal and peculiar mind.
    • Most Urantia Book readers are not like David Z. They're unfocused and frothy.
    • So even if you weren't "born on third base" as regards focus, you eventually need to be grown to have focus.
    • That said, someone who is uber-focused may be very prosaic and miss the big picture, or have imagination to see other possibilities.
    • So, like most things, it's a balance here when it comes to maturity.


  • This author notes that many are saying "I'm so bored! What TV should I watch? what should I do?" as they are ordered to stay at in seclusion right now as if they were an apostle.
    • what you elect to read, how you decide to allocate your time right now, is up to you.
    • What if you came out of these troubled times more educated and reflective on the 5th Epochal Relevation?
    • we invite you to use this website, our archived recordings, and [1] to enhance your time at home especially in the coming days and/or weeks.