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What a sublime and divine image these words evoke:
...in full view of Jerusalem he bade them kneel on a large flat rock in a circle about him as they had done on the day of their ordination; and then, as he stood there in the midst of them glorified in the mellow moonlight, he lifted up his eyes toward heaven and prayed.... (1963.4)182:1.2
No doubt all Nebadon witnessed this prayerful scene on that fortunate rock!
John Zebedee remembered and recorded some of this prayer in his Gospel statement, chapter 17:
1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
There are several paragraphs in the UB that reflect this statement from the Midwayers in today's reading:
...Jesus prayed for unity among his followers, but he did not desire uniformity.... (1965.2)182:1.8
Here are two of them. From Paper 195:
...The true church — the Jesus brotherhood — is invisible, spiritual, and is characterized by unity, not necessarily by uniformity. Uniformity is the earmark of the physical world of mechanistic nature. Spiritual unity is the fruit of faith union with the living Jesus.... (2085.3)195:10.11
And from Paper 155:
...The religions of authority require of men uniformity in belief, but this is impossible of realization in the present state of the world. The religion of the spirit requires only unity of experience — uniformity of destiny — making full allowance for diversity of belief. The religion of the spirit requires only uniformity of insight, not uniformity of viewpoint and outlook. The religion of the spirit does not demand uniformity of intellectual views, only unity of spirit feeling.... (1732.2)155:6.9
It was in the Old Testament book of Exodus that God spoke these words in today's reading to Moses:
...The Father in heaven had sought to reveal himself to Moses, but he could proceed no further than to cause it to be said, “I AM.” And when pressed for further revelation of himself, it was only disclosed, “I AM that I AM...." (1965.3)182:1.9
From Exodus 3:
14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
All of the 16 names of God listed in today's reading appear elsewhere, in either or both the UB and the Bible:
I am the bread of life.
I am the living water.
I am the light of the world.
I am the desire of all ages.
I am the open door to eternal salvation.
I am the reality of endless life.
I am the good shepherd.
I am the pathway of infinite perfection.
I am the resurrection and the life.
I am the secret of eternal survival.
I am the way, the truth, and the life.
I am the infinite Father of my finite children.
I am the true vine; you are the branches.
I am the hope of all who know the living truth.
I am the living bridge from one world to another.
I am the living link between time and eternity.
These are the Bible references (S = same, C = compare):
1965:29 182:01.10/01 I am the bread of life John 06:35,48,51
1965:30 182:01.10/02 I am the living water John 04:10-14
1965:30 182:01.10/02 I am the living water John 07:37-38
1965:31 182:01.10/03 I am the light of the world John 01:09
1965:31 182:01.10/03 I am the light of the world John 08:12
1965:31 182:01.10/03 I am the light of the world John 09:05
1965:31 182:01.10/03 I am the light of the world John 12:46
1965:32 182:01.10/04 I am the desire of all ages Haggai 02:07
1965:33 182:01.10/05 I am the open door to salvation John 10:01-03,07.09
1965:34 182:01.10/06 I am the reality of endless life John 03:16-17,36
1965:34 182:01.10/06 I am the reality of endless life John 06:27,40
1965:34 182:01.10/06 I am the reality of endless life John 10:28-29
1965:34 182:01.10/06 I am the reality of endless life John 17:02-03
1965:35 182:01.10/07 I am the good shepherd John 10:11-16
1965:35 182:01.10/07 I am the good shepherd Hebrews 13:20
1965:36 182:01.10/08 I am the pathway of perfection Hebrews 07:09-17
1965:37 182:01.10/09 I am the resurrection & the life John 11:25
1965:38 182:01.10/10 I am the secret of survival Mark 10:29-30
1965:38 182:01.10/10 I am the secret of survival John 06:68
1965:38 182:01.10/10 I am the secret of survival Romans 06:23
1965:39 182:01.10/11 I am the Way, Truth & Life John 14:06
1965:40 182:01.10/12 I am the Infinite Father of children John 03:35-36
1965:40 182:01.10/12 I am the Infinite Father of children John 05:19-24
1965:40 182:01.10/12 I am the Infinite Father of children John 10:30
1965:40 182:01.10/12 I am the Infinite Father of children John 17:20-21
1965:41 182:01.10/13 I am the vine, you are branches John 15:01,05
1965:42 182:01.10/14 I am the hope of all living truth Colossians 01:27
1965:42 182:01.10/14 I am the hope of all living truth 1 Thesslonians 02:19
1965:42 182:01.10/14 I am the hope of all living truth 1 Timothy 01:01
1965:42 182:01.10/14 I am the hope of all living truth Titus 02:13
In tomorrow’s reading Section 2. Last Hour Before the Betrayal, the apostles finally realize Judas has turned against them, Jesus sends a messenger to Abner, he tells the Greeks not be disturbed by what is about to happen, he says his last words to Andrew and David Z, John Mark hides in the brush to watch the final event before the arrest, meanwhile Judas is finalizing his betrayal.
Master stops on the way back to the camp, the apostles form a circle as he prayers over and for them, at the same time giving the world 16 new names/ways the Father is revealed.
Overview of PAPER 182: In Gethsemane
1. The Last Group Prayer
2. Last Hour Before the Betrayal
3. Alone in Gethsemane
This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.
Listen to Paper 182: (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)
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