Episode:Jesus Goes Public—Precursor and Prelude (Part 8)

From Symmetry of Soul

The forty days in the mountain wilderness were not a period of great temptation but rather the period of the Master’s great decisions. During these days of lone communion with himself and his Father’s immediate presence—the Personalized Adjuster—he arrived, one by one, at the great decisions which were to control his policies and conduct for the remainder of his earth career.

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Keywords: Urantia, Jesus, The Great Decisions, Divine Communion, Apparent Time Miracles

Opening thought: The Israelites said to the Prophet Samuel, "...appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have." This displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: "It is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. Warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights." The people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations." [1 Samuel 8]

Closing thought: Take up the reflection on this material yourself and see what you can do.

Summary by Kermit

Commentary after Review

Jesus’ review of the whole span of human life on Urantia in preparation for formulating plans for the public ministry reminds that the true perspective of any reality problem…can be had only by the full and unprejudiced study and correlation of three phases of universe reality: origin, history, and destiny. In our own lives, the 5th ER provides such a perspective that we can utilize in eternalizing our universe concept frames, essential to finding truth.

That Jesus deliberated on his path forward considering his way distinct from the Father’s way should help reform the historical fixation on the Father’s way. As the 5th ER reveals, the universe is far more complex than a Father-dominated enterprise. As many times mentioned on SoS, simplistic monotheism invites the entertainment of the concept frame of Pantheism (the colossal error). The complexity of Jesus’ choosing to conduct his bestowal according to the Father’s way poses philosophical inconsistencies when considering the Universal Father’s purely existential nature, having no relation to the experiential. It is actually the Father’s way as manifested through Master Spirit #1.

Because of the disclosures in the 5th ER concerning the details of Jesus’ nature before and after his baptism with respect to his Thought Adjuster being personalized and his union with the fusion spirit of Michael, mankind has for the first time in history the means of breaking free from the two thousand years old shackles of false notions of Jesus.

136:4.10 Plans for Public Work

We briefly discussed the use of the two words, communication and communion. Communication denoting the interplay across a separation between two points, and communion where there is no separation between the communing entities, e.g., Jesus’ selfhood and Michael being transcendently co-present.

Throughout this planning and for the remainder of his life Jesus lived with the conflicting pull of a desire to win his people and the whole world to believe and accept him and the larger cosmic picture keeping in mind the other worlds of his universe and to continue his revelation of the Father’s divine character. These two motivations in the Master’s heart play out in the numerous miracles and healings which attended his public ministry.

The authors include a surprisingly detailed description of Jesus’ campsite during his forty-day seclusion. We suspect that they have provided these details, because these locations, at least at the time of the writing are discoverable by motivated seekers of such things. Even at the risk of fetishizing these material artifacts of Jesus’ time here, this story of our Creator Son’s bestowal is factual and not merely a legend or fairy tale. All of which led to another examination of the contrasting existential and experiential triplets of beauty, truth, goodness; and fact, truth, goodness and their expressions as love, and righteousness, respectively.

136:5 The First Great Decision

Jesus’ first great decision had to do with whether or not he would make use of the millions of celestial hosts, which he was enabled to see on day three of his retreat. Jesus decided against utilizing any of them in the remainder of his work unless it was evident that it was his Father’s will. He delegated the command of this host of beings to his Personalized Thought Adjuster (PTA). Needless to say our imaginations are seriously challenged when we try to conceive of the numbers of beings included in this entourage.

In renouncing the use of celestial assistance in his public ministry, Jesus’ PTA warned him that limitations to the PTA’s actions applied to space only. PTAs are non-time beings and therefore powerless to limit the Creator Son’s creator prerogatives involving regarding the abrogation of time. Thus, should Jesus entertain desires involving the departure from the natural earth order as to time (e.g. producing wine on the spot), the governing principle would be—what the Creator Son DESIRES and the Father wills IS. To prevent these occurrences Jesus was constrained ever to remain time conscious. Note in this context that space is a reality, whereas time is not a reality.

SoS speculates as to what kinds of creator acts were initiated in which the Master specifically willed that time not be shortened or eliminated.

Difficult as it is for us as time bound creatures to contemplate the non-time nature of PTAs, we can begin to have a more tangible appreciation of these matters through deeper reflection of the nature and function of Deity. Note, in all these narratives, Jesus never makes reference to the Universal Father, the reality object. He always refers to “the Father”, a facet of Deity.