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It is astonishing how composed he has remained throughout this pain-filled day that began with his betrayal and arrest eight hours before. No wonder his peaceful and regal continence shook Pilate and disturbed Caiaphas to their cores.
...His conduct at this time exemplified the patient submission of the human nature coupled with the majestic silence and solemn dignity of the divine nature....(1999.2)186:2.2
This Friday, a man and a nation died:
...These shortsighted Jews clamored unseemlily for the Master’s death while he stood there in awful silence looking upon the death scene of a nation — his earthly father’s own people.... (1999.4)186:2.4
And Pilate! His unease must have been a reflection of subconsciously knowing it was he who was being tried:
...the onlooking celestial hosts could not refrain from broadcasting to the universe the depiction of the scene of “Pilate on trial before Jesus....” (1999.6)186:2.6
Guilty. Of human ignorance and woeful cowardice.
Hmmm...what do you think this means exactly?
...he would be the last to afford them real national leadership, even in a spiritual sense.... (1999.8)186:2.8
Simply that his "would-be murderers" were unqualified to lead at all, or something more?
...Pilate spoke more truly than he knew when, after Jesus had been scourged, he presented him before the multitude, exclaiming, “Behold the man!” ...And as Pilate spoke, there echoed throughout all Nebadon, “Behold God and man!” (2000.3)186:2.11
This is how one renaissance artist depicted, "Ecce Homo" (Behold the Man!). There are many, many other paintings, almost all showing an emaciated, forlorn, miserable, dejected, pitiable and/or disfigured Jesus. Wonder how the celestial artists of Nebadon painted him at this moment?
Titian's Ecce Homo (1570-156) shows a masculine Christ
who is calmly acceptant of his faith...
Biblical References to today's reading.
From John 19:
5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
From Matthew 26 & 27:
62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
63 But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
From Mark 14:
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
From Luke 22 & 23:
70 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.
71 And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.
9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
In tomorrow’s reading, Section 3. The Dependable David Zebedee, the Midwayers pay tribute to Jesus' best non-apostle, a fearless, bright, self-starter, and one who understood what Jesus taught, often better than his brothers John and James, or any of the Master's closest associates.
Overview of Paper 186 - Just Before the Crucifixion
1. The End of Judas Iscariot
2. The Master’s Attitude
3. The Dependable David Zebedee
4. Preparation for the Crucifixion
5. Jesus’ Death in Relation to the Passover
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.
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