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Posted 09 October 2014 - 04:39 AM

Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

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Paper 189 - THE RESURRECTION

 

[INTRODUCTION]

 

   SOON after the burial of Jesus on Friday afternoon, the chief of the archangels of Nebadon, then present on Urantia, summoned his council of the resurrection of sleeping will creatures and entered upon the consideration of a possible technique for the restoration of Jesus. These assembled sons of the local universe, the creatures of Michael, did this on their own responsibility; Gabriel had not assembled them. By midnight they had arrived at the conclusion that the creature could do nothing to facilitate the resurrection of the Creator. They were disposed to accept the advice of Gabriel, who instructed them that, since Michael had “laid down his life of his own free will, he also had power to take it up again in accordance with his own determination.” Shortly after the adjournment of this council of the archangels, the Life Carriers, and their various associates in the work of creature rehabilitation and morontia creation, the Personalized Adjuster of Jesus, being in personal command of the assembled celestial hosts then on Urantia, spoke these words to the anxious waiting watchers:

 

(2020.2)189:0.2 “Not one of you can do aught to assist your Creator-father in the return to life. As a mortal of the realm he has experienced mortal death; as the Sovereign of a universe he still lives. That which you observe is the mortal transit of Jesus of Nazareth from life in the flesh to life in the morontia. The spirit transit of this Jesus was completed at the time I separated myself from his personality and became your temporary director. Your Creator-father has elected to pass through the whole of the experience of his mortal creatures, from birth on the material worlds, on through natural death and the resurrection of the morontia, into the status of true spirit existence. A certain phase of this experience you are about to observe, but you may not participate in it. Those things which you ordinarily do for the creature, you may not do for the Creator. A Creator Son has within himself the power to bestow himself in the likeness of any of his created sons; he has within himself the power to lay down his observable life and to take it up again; and he has this power because of the direct command of the Paradise Father, and I know whereof I speak.”

 

(2020.3)189:0.3 When they heard the Personalized Adjuster so speak, they all assumed the attitude of anxious expectancy, from Gabriel down to the most humble cherubim. They saw the mortal body of Jesus in the tomb; they detected evidences of the universe activity of their beloved Sovereign; and not understanding such phenomena, they waited patiently for developments.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 04:58 AM

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Greetings Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors!

 

WELCOME to the OPAD presentation of Paper 189. This Paper has nine pages and five Sections. It has the details of the events of the early morning, April 9, 30 AD at Jerusalem. Jesus had been dead for about twelve hours and his body had been put on a shelf in a tomb on the property of Joseph of Arimathea, not far outside the city gates. 

 

Overview of: Paper 189 The Resurrection

 

1. The Morontia Transit
2. The Material Body of Jesus
3. The Dispensational Resurrection

4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

5. Peter and John at the Tomb

 

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.

 

 

This map shows the locations of many of the places named in 189:

 

 

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Synopsis of Paper 189:
 

As Jesus' body lay in the tomb, the chief archangel stationed on Urantia called a meeting to consider techniques for restoring Jesus' life. The angels were advised by Gabriel that Michael already had whatever power he needed to take up his life again. Michael's personalized Adjuster also advised them, saying, "Those things which you ordinarily do for the creature, you may not do for the Creator." And so the council of celestials waited patiently for further events to unfold.

 

At two forty-five Sunday morning, a commission of seven Paradise personalities arrived on the scene. Vibrations began to emanate from the tomb, and at two minutes past three, Jesus came forth. The form in which the Master appeared during this final episode of earthly life was that of a resurrected morontia ascender. The mortal body still lay in the sepulchre undisturbed. The soldiers were still on guard, the seal of Pilate still unbroken.

 

Jesus' physical body could not be removed from the tomb the same way his morontia form was released. The chief archangel received permission from Gabriel to dissolve the mortal body of Jesus. He invoked the "process of accelerated time" in order that the hosts of heaven would be spared the sight of the slow decay of the human form of their Creator.

 

Secondary midwayers rolled away the huge stones from the tomb. The mortal remains of the Master then went through the usual disintegration process, but without the time factor. The physical dissolution of Jesus' body happened nearly instantaneously. When the guards at the grave saw the stones begin to move, they fled in fear back to the city.

 

That morning, ten of the apostles were staying at the Mark home. Thomas was in solitude at the home of Simon of Bethphage. The women were at the home of Joseph of Arimathea, and other disciples were gathered at the home of Nicodemus.

 

Five women started out before daybreak with bandages and embalming lotions, intending to anoint and rewrap the body of Jesus. It was half past three when these women arrived at the tomb. They were surprised to see the stone already rolled away from the entrance; they had wondered how they would get into the tomb. As the others stood by fearfully Mary Magdalene went inside the sepulchre.

 

Mary saw that Jesus' body was gone; only the grave cloths remained on the shelf. She cried out in alarm and the other women panicked. They fled all the way to the Damascus gate before they rallied and returned to the tomb. Mary showed her friends that the tomb was empty. They conjectured that the body had been moved to another place. As the women discussed what they should do they noticed a stranger standing nearby.

 

Mary Magdalene rushed over to him, asking, "Where have you taken the Master? Where have they laid him?" The stranger did not answer. Mary began to weep. Jesus then asked, "Whom do you seek?" And Mary told him that they were looking for Jesus, and asked again where he had been taken. Jesus asked, "Did not this Jesus tell you, even in Galilee, that he would die, but that he would rise again?" And then he spoke to Mary in a familiar voice, saying simply, "Mary." She recognized the voice of her Master and knelt at his feet. Mary tried to embrace Jesus' feet but he prevented her. He asked the women to go back into the city to tell the apostles that he had risen.

 

The women hurried to the Mark home and related what they had seen and heard. The apostles did not believe them. Peter and John ran out to look at the empty tomb for themselves. They could not understand what could have happened, thinking that perhaps the body had been stolen by the guards. 

 

Mary returned to the tomb disheartened that the apostles did not believe her. After Peter and John left the Master appeared to her again, asking her to have courage. Jesus asked Mary to tell the apostles that he would soon appear before them. Mary returned to the city to speak once more with the apostles. They still did not believe, but when they heard Peter and John's reports they were filled with fear.

 

Mankind is slow to perceive that, in all that is personal, matter is the skeleton of morontia, and that both are the reflected shadow of enduring spirit reality. How long before you will regard time as the moving image of eternity and space as the fleeting shadow of Paradise?

 

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The chief of archangels, cited in the first line of 189:

 

...SOON after the burial of Jesus on Friday afternoon, the chief of the archangels of Nebadon, then present on Urantia, summoned his council of the resurrection.... (2020.1)189:0.1


...has been mentioned before. In fact she is the author of two Papers in Part II:

 

33. Administration of the Local Universe . Chief of Archangels

35. The Local Universe Sons of God . Chief of Archangels

 

 

There is much more about archangels in Paper 37:3, beginning with this:
 

...Archangels are the offspring of the Creator Son and the Universe Mother Spirit. They are the highest type of high spirit being produced in large numbers in a local universe, and at the time of the last registry there were almost eight hundred thousand in Nebadon.... 408.4) 37:3.1



 

Seems strange that the archangel and her council didn't realize they could do nothing to make his predicted resurrection come true. Jesus' Adjuster had to inform them:

 

“...Those things which you ordinarily do for the creature, you may not do for the Creator...." (2020.2)189:0.2

 

Obviously they had no choice but to stand back and watch:
 

...and not understanding such phenomena, they waited patiently for developments.... (2020.3)189:0.3


 

 

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In chapter 10 of the Gospel of John, there are these two verses reflecting today's reading:
 

17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

 

The other Gospels do not mention laying down and taking up his life.
 

 

 

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WORD CLOUD OF PAPER 189

 

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Tomorrow’s reading is part one of Section 1. The Morontia Transit. Seven Paradise personalities arrive to midwife the resurrection. "Intense vibrations" emanate from the tomb and in seventeen minutes, the morontia Jesus emerges.

 

Listen to Paper 189: (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

 

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 04:15 AM


Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

Today’s Presentation

 

Paper 189 - THE RESURRECTION

 

1. The Morontia Transit

 

[Part 1 of 2]

 

   At two forty-five Sunday morning, the Paradise incarnation commission, consisting of seven unidentified Paradise personalities, arrived on the scene and immediately deployed themselves about the tomb. At ten minutes before three, intense vibrations of commingled material and morontia activities began to issue from Joseph’s new tomb, and at two minutes past three o’clock, this Sunday morning, April 9, A.D. 30, the resurrected morontia form and personality of Jesus of Nazareth came forth from the tomb.

 

(2021.1)189:1.2 After the resurrected Jesus emerged from his burial tomb, the body of flesh in which he had lived and wrought on earth for almost thirty-six years was still lying there in the sepulchre niche, undisturbed and wrapped in the linen sheet, just as it had been laid to rest by Joseph and his associates on Friday afternoon. Neither was the stone before the entrance of the tomb in any way disturbed; the seal of Pilate was still unbroken; the soldiers were still on guard. The temple guards had been on continuous duty; the Roman guard had been changed at midnight. None of these watchers suspected that the object of their vigil had risen to a new and higher form of existence, and that the body which they were guarding was now a discarded outer covering which had no further connection with the delivered and resurrected morontia personality of Jesus.

 

(2021.2)189:1.3 Mankind is slow to perceive that, in all that is personal, matter is the skeleton of morontia, and that both are the reflected shadow of enduring spirit reality. How long before you will regard time as the moving image of eternity and space as the fleeting shadow of Paradise realities?

 

(2021.3)189:1.4 As far as we can judge, no creature of this universe nor any personality from another universe had anything to do with this morontia resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. On Friday he laid down his life as a mortal of the realm; on Sunday morning he took it up again as a morontia being of the system of Satania in Norlatiadek. There is much about the resurrection of Jesus which we do not understand. But we know that it occurred as we have stated and at about the time indicated. We can also record that all known phenomena associated with this mortal transit, or morontia resurrection, occurred right there in Joseph’s new tomb, where the mortal material remains of Jesus lay wrapped in burial cloths.

 

(2021.4)189:1.5 We know that no creature of the local universe participated in this morontia awakening. We perceived the seven personalities of Paradise surround the tomb, but we did not see them do anything in connection with the Master’s awakening. Just as soon as Jesus appeared beside Gabriel, just above the tomb, the seven personalities from Paradise signalized their intention of immediate departure for Uversa.

 

 

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 04:40 AM


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Good Day Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

This is chilling, wondrous and beyond anything known to happen on our little world, isn't it?!

 

 ...intense vibrations of commingled material and morontia activities began to issue from Joseph’s new tomb.... (2020.4)189:1.1

 

O to be a witness to that scene!! And then to see morontia Jesus emerge. But, no human saw it, apparently. Even the celestial witnesses couldn't see what actually happened with those seven Paradise personalities:
 

...we did not see them do anything in connection with the Master’s awakening.... (2021.4)189:1.5
 

Those seven were so business like, they simply did their job--and with some kind of signal--took off for the superuniverse capital:
 

...the seven personalities from Paradise signalized their intention of immediate departure for Uversa.... (2021.4)189:1.5
 

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It is commonly believed that Jesus lived only 33 years, but the Midwayers give us the facts. From today's reading:
 

...the body of flesh in which he had lived and wrought on earth for almost thirty-six years was still lying there in the sepulchre niche.... (2021.1)189:1.2
 

We know he was born 6 years, 4 months and ten days before 1 AD.

6 years = 2190, plus 4 months: part of aug, sept, oct, nov, dec = 132

29 years = 10585, plus 4 months: jan, feb, mar, part of april = 97

Subtotal = 13004

Leap days = 8.9

Total = 13013

Age at death = 35.627 years

 

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The Midwayers ask what must be a rhetorical question in today's reading:
 

...How long before you will regard time as the moving image of eternity and space as the fleeting shadow of Paradise realities? (2021.2)189:1.3


Any guesses? :D Plato figured this out long ago:

 

...Plato has Socrates describe a gathering of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to designate names to these shadows. The shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.

 

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This is from Paper 170:

 

...the idea of the kingdom of heaven was tremendously influenced by the then rapidly spreading notions of Greek idealism, the idea of the natural as the shadow of the spiritual — the temporal as the time shadow of the eternal.... (1864.2) 170:5.2



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The Midwayers included this fact in today's reading:
 

...all known phenomena associated with this mortal transit, or morontia resurrection, occurred right there in Joseph’s new tomb.... (2021.3)189:1.4

 

...presumably because resurrection normally occurs on Mansion world one.

 

From Paper 47:
 

 ...On the mansion worlds the resurrected mortal survivors resume their lives just where they left off when overtaken by death...The very center of all activities on the first mansion world is the resurrection hall, the enormous temple of personality assembly.... (532.7)47:3.1&2

 

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THE RESURRECTION by Germain Pilon 1590

 

 

...Christians regard the resurrection of Jesus as the central doctrine in Christianity. Others take the Incarnation of Jesus to be more central; however, it is the miracles – and particularly his Resurrection – which provide validation of his incarnation. According to Paul, the entire Christian faith hinges upon the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus and the hope for a life after death. The Apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians:

 

"If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep."

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In tomorrow’s reading, part two of Section 1. The Morontia Transit, the Midwayers clarify what did and did not happen at the resurrection. And they record Jesus' first acts as a morontia being, while the tomb guards remain at their vigil, not knowing their charge has already escaped to a higher plane.

 

Overview of: Paper 189 The Resurrection

 

1. The Morontia Transit
2. The Material Body of Jesus
3. The Dispensational Resurrection

4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

5. Peter and John at the Tomb

 

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 189: (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

 

Thanks for reading. Members’ thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments, corrections and questions about today’s OPAD presentation are invited.

 

Much love, Rick/OPAD host.



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Posted 11 October 2014 - 03:31 AM


Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

Today’s Presentation

 

Paper 189 - THE RESURRECTION

 

1. The Morontia Transit

 

[Part 2 of 2]

 

   Let us forever clarify the concept of the resurrection of Jesus by making the following statements:

 

1. His material or physical body was not a part of the resurrected personality. When Jesus came forth from the tomb, his body of flesh remained undisturbed in the sepulchre. He emerged from the burial tomb without moving the stones before the entrance and without disturbing the seals of Pilate.

 

2. He did not emerge from the tomb as a spirit nor as Michael of Nebadon; he did not appear in the form of the Creator Sovereign, such as he had had before his incarnation in the likeness of mortal flesh on Urantia.

 

3. He did come forth from this tomb of Joseph in the very likeness of the morontia personalities of those who, as resurrected morontia ascendant beings, emerge from the resurrection halls of the first mansion world of this local system of Satania. And the presence of the Michael memorial in the center of the vast court of the resurrection halls of mansonia number one leads us to conjecture that the Master’s resurrection on Urantia was in some way fostered on this, the first of the system mansion worlds.

 

(2022.1)189:1.10 The first act of Jesus on arising from the tomb was to greet Gabriel and instruct him to continue in executive charge of universe affairs under Immanuel, and then he directed the chief of the Melchizedeks to convey his brotherly greetings to Immanuel. He thereupon asked the Most High of Edentia for the certification of the Ancients of Days as to his mortal transit; and turning to the assembled morontia groups of the seven mansion worlds, here gathered together to greet and welcome their Creator as a creature of their order, Jesus spoke the first words of the postmortal career. Said the morontia Jesus: “Having finished my life in the flesh, I would tarry here for a short time in transition form that I may more fully know the life of my ascendant creatures and further reveal the will of my Father in Paradise.”

 

(2022.2)189:1.11 After Jesus had spoken, he signaled to the Personalized Adjuster, and all universe intelligences who had been assembled on Urantia to witness the resurrection were immediately dispatched to their respective universe assignments.

 

(2022.3)189:1.12 Jesus now began the contacts of the morontia level, being introduced, as a creature, to the requirements of the life he had chosen to live for a short time on Urantia. This initiation into the morontia world required more than an hour of earth time and was twice interrupted by his desire to communicate with his former associates in the flesh as they came out from Jerusalem wonderingly to peer into the empty tomb to discover what they considered evidence of his resurrection.

 

(2022.4)189:1.13 Now is the mortal transit of Jesus — the morontia resurrection of the Son of Man — completed. The transitory experience of the Master as a personality midway between the material and the spiritual has begun. And he has done all this through power inherent within himself; no personality has rendered him any assistance. He now lives as Jesus of morontia, and as he begins this morontia life, the material body of his flesh lies there undisturbed in the tomb. The soldiers are still on guard, and the seal of the governor about the rocks has not yet been broken.

 

 

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 04:42 AM


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Greetings Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

Morontia is a revealed concept for which we have no equivalent, one that was introduced in the Foreword:


...Morontia is a term designating a vast level intervening between the material and the spiritual. It may designate personal or impersonal realities, living or nonliving energies. The warp of morontia is spiritual; its woof is physical.... (9.2)0:5.12

 

The word appears over 500 times throughout the book. Urantia Foundation has several pages explaining and expounding on the word, beginning with the quote above, and this one from Paper 16:
 

...Much of the reality of the spiritual worlds is of the morontia order, a phase of universe reality wholly unknown on Urantia. The goal of personality existence is spiritual, but the morontia creations always intervene, bridging the gulf between the material realms of mortal origin and the superuniverse spheres of advancing spiritual status.... (189.7) 16:4.6
 

 

Gabriel and the Most Highs of Edentia are local universe personalities, subordinates of Michael. Gabriel is in fact Michael's first born. The Most Highs are rulers of the constellations. Michael rules over 100 of them. From Paper 15:

 

...The Constellation. One hundred systems (about 100,000 inhabitable planets) make up a constellation. Each constellation has an architectural headquarters sphere and is presided over by three Vorondadek Sons, the Most Highs. Each constellation also has a Faithful of Days in observation, an ambassador of the Paradise Trinity.... (166.3)15:2.4
 

And the Ancients of Days, also mentioned in today's text, are Michael's rulers, they are the governors at the superuniverse level. From Paper 15:

 

  ...The Superuniverse. Ten major sectors (about 1,000,000,000,000 inhabitable planets) constitute a superuniverse. Each superuniverse is provided with an enormous and glorious headquarters world and is ruled by three Ancients of Days.... (166.7)15:2.8
 

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Immanuel, cited in today's reading, is Michael's brother. His order of being (Unions of Days) was first described in Paper 33:
 

...Immanuel of Salvington, number 611,121 of the sixth order of Supreme Trinity Personalities, is a being of sublime dignity and of such superb condescension that he refuses the worship and adoration of all living creatures. He bears the distinction of being the only personality in all Nebadon who has never acknowledged subordination to his brother Michael. He functions as adviser to the Sovereign Son but gives counsel only on request. In the absence of the Creator Son he might preside over any high universe council but would not otherwise participate in the executive affairs of the universe except as requested.... (370.7)33:5.2

 

 

We will read more about his morontia transition, as he bounces between Urantia and the morontia level  over the next several weeks, ascending ever higher each day.
 

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So, the great drama is over, and everyone is sent back to their respective service. From today's reading:

 

 ...all universe intelligences who had been assembled on Urantia to witness the resurrection were immediately dispatched to their respective universe assignments.... (2022.2)189:1.11

 

The two interruptions cited by the Midwayers:
 

...This initiation into the morontia world required more than an hour of earth time and was twice interrupted by his desire to communicate with his former associates in the flesh as they came out from Jerusalem wonderingly to peer into the empty tomb to discover what they considered evidence of his resurrection.... (2022.3)189:1.12
 

...were to speak with the women. More about that in Section 4 of 189.

 

 

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Tomorrow’s OPAD reading is Section 2. The Material Body of Jesus. The Acrhangel seeks and receives permission to quickly dispose of the body, the Midwayers roll away the stones, and the guards run away in fear.

 

Overview of: Paper 189 The Resurrection

 

1. The Morontia Transit
2. The Material Body of Jesus
3. The Dispensational Resurrection

4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

5. Peter and John at the Tomb

 

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 189: (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

 

Thanks for reading. Members’ thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments, corrections and questions about today’s OPAD presentation are invited.

 

Much love, Rick/OPAD host.



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 05:26 AM


Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

Today’s Presentation

 

Paper 189 - THE RESURRECTION

 

2. The Material Body of Jesus

 

   At ten minutes past three o’clock, as the resurrected Jesus fraternized with the assembled morontia personalities from the seven mansion worlds of Satania, the chief of archangels — the angels of the resurrection — approached Gabriel and asked for the mortal body of Jesus. Said the chief of the archangels: “We may not participate in the morontia resurrection of the bestowal experience of Michael our sovereign, but we would have his mortal remains put in our custody for immediate dissolution. We do not propose to employ our technique of dematerialization; we merely wish to invoke the process of accelerated time. It is enough that we have seen the Sovereign live and die on Urantia; the hosts of heaven would be spared the memory of enduring the sight of the slow decay of the human form of the Creator and Upholder of a universe. In the name of the celestial intelligences of all Nebadon, I ask for a mandate giving me the custody of the mortal body of Jesus of Nazareth and empowering us to proceed with its immediate dissolution.”

 

(2023.1)189:2.2 And when Gabriel had conferred with the senior Most High of Edentia, the archangel spokesman for the celestial hosts was given permission to make such disposition of the physical remains of Jesus as he might determine.

 

(2023.2)189:2.3 After the chief of archangels had been granted this request, he summoned to his assistance many of his fellows, together with a numerous host of the representatives of all orders of celestial personalities, and then, with the aid of the Urantia midwayers, proceeded to take possession of Jesus’ physical body. This body of death was a purely material creation; it was physical and literal; it could not be removed from the tomb as the morontia form of the resurrection had been able to escape the sealed sepulchre. By the aid of certain morontia auxiliary personalities, the morontia form can be made at one time as of the spirit so that it can become indifferent to ordinary matter, while at another time it can become discernible and contactable to material beings, such as the mortals of the realm.

 

(2023.3)189:2.4 As they made ready to remove the body of Jesus from the tomb preparatory to according it the dignified and reverent disposal of near-instantaneous dissolution, it was assigned the secondary Urantia midwayers to roll away the stones from the entrance of the tomb. The larger of these two stones was a huge circular affair, much like a millstone, and it moved in a groove chiseled out of the rock, so that it could be rolled back and forth to open or close the tomb. When the watching Jewish guards and the Roman soldiers, in the dim light of the morning, saw this huge stone begin to roll away from the entrance of the tomb, apparently of its own accord — without any visible means to account for such motion — they were seized with fear and panic, and they fled in haste from the scene. The Jews fled to their homes, afterward going back to report these doings to their captain at the temple. The Romans fled to the fortress of Antonia and reported what they had seen to the centurion as soon as he arrived on duty.

 

(2023.4)189:2.5 The Jewish leaders began the sordid business of supposedly getting rid of Jesus by offering bribes to the traitorous Judas, and now, when confronted with this embarrassing situation, instead of thinking of punishing the guards who deserted their post, they resorted to bribing these guards and the Roman soldiers. They paid each of these twenty men a sum of money and instructed them to say to all: “While we slept during the nighttime, his disciples came upon us and took away the body.” And the Jewish leaders made solemn promises to the soldiers to defend them before Pilate in case it should ever come to the governor’s knowledge that they had accepted a bribe.

 

(2023.5)189:2.6 The Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus has been based on the fact of the “empty tomb.” It was indeed a fact that the tomb was empty, but this is not the truth of the resurrection. The tomb was truly empty when the first believers arrived, and this fact, associated with that of the undoubted resurrection of the Master, led to the formulation of a belief which was not true: the teaching that the material and mortal body of Jesus was raised from the grave. Truth having to do with spiritual realities and eternal values cannot always be built up by a combination of apparent facts. Although individual facts may be materially true, it does not follow that the association of a group of facts must necessarily lead to truthful spiritual conclusions.

 

(2023.6)189:2.7 The tomb of Joseph was empty, not because the body of Jesus had been rehabilitated or resurrected, but because the celestial hosts had been granted their request to afford it a special and unique dissolution, a return of the “dust to dust,” without the intervention of the delays of time and without the operation of the ordinary and visible processes of mortal decay and material corruption.

 

(2024.1)189:2.8 The mortal remains of Jesus underwent the same natural process of elemental disintegration as characterizes all human bodies on earth except that, in point of time, this natural mode of dissolution was greatly accelerated, hastened to that point where it became well-nigh instantaneous.

 

(2024.2)189:2.9 The true evidences of the resurrection of Michael are spiritual in nature, albeit this teaching is corroborated by the testimony of many mortals of the realm who met, recognized, and communed with the resurrected morontia Master. He became a part of the personal experience of almost one thousand human beings before he finally took leave of Urantia.

 

 

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 06:07 AM


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Good Day Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

Fascinating to know what was going on behind the scenes, isn't it? Apparently the celestial hosts are just as repulsed by decaying flesh as we mortals. That body was just a useless, spent shell once enlivened by Jesus the man. But it was also part of one we love, admire and respect, Michael the God. Therefore it deserves better treatment than open pit burial. And also, it would be a lingering reminder of his awful suffering and horrendous death to every non-mortal on the planet, even a few mortals.

 

...when Gabriel had conferred with the senior Most High of Edentia, the archangel spokesman for the celestial hosts was given permission.... (2023.1)189:2.2

 

So, the reach of the Archangels can't penetrate solid rock. The tomb had to be opened, even if humans were present:
 

...When the watching Jewish guards and the Roman soldiers, in the dim light of the morning, saw this huge stone begin to roll away from the entrance of the tomb, apparently of its own accord — without any visible means to account for such motion — they were seized with fear and panic, and they fled in haste from the scene.... (2023.3)189:2.4
 

They didn't just go hide in the bushes, they ran all the way back to Jerusalem!

 

...The Romans fled to the fortress of Antonia and reported what they had seen to the centurion as soon as he arrived on duty.... (2023.3)189:2.4
 

Those poor, ignorant priests were not deep thinkers were they?:
 

...instead of thinking of punishing the guards who deserted their post, they resorted to bribing these guards and the Roman soldiers.... (2023.4)189:2.5

 

It would be funny if not so pathetic. This is how the bribe was recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 28:
 

11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

14 And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

 

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Here I think the Midwayers are correcting the Gospel record:

 

...this fact, associated with that of the undoubted resurrection of the Master, led to the formulation of a belief which was not true: the teaching that the material and mortal body of Jesus was raised from the grave.... (2023.5)189:2.6

 

...in which Thomas supposedly was convinced it was his Master by putting his hands into the wounds.

 

From John 20:

 

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

 

 

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This method of the acceleration of time, cited in today's reading:
 

...a return of the “dust to dust,” without the intervention of the delays of time.... (2023.6)189:2.7
 

...was also the process that caused the water to become wine at Cana, Jesus first, so-called, miracle.

 

From Paper 137:
 

...But this was in no sense a miracle. No law of nature was modified, abrogated, or even transcended. Nothing happened but the abrogation of time in association with the celestial assembly of the chemical elements requisite for the elaboration of the wine. At Cana on this occasion the agents of the Creator made wine just as they do by the ordinary natural processes except that they did it independently of time and with the intervention of superhuman agencies in the matter of the space assembly of the necessary chemical ingredients.... (1530.5)137:4.13
 

 

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Regarding his post resurrection appearances, mentioned in the last paragraph of today's reading:
 

...He became a part of the personal experience of almost one thousand human beings before he finally took leave of Urantia.... (2024.2)189:2.9
 

Those nineteen appearances will be described in detail in:

 

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Tomorrow’s OPAD reading is Section 3. The Dispensational Resurrection. All those who had died and not already resurrected, since the days of Adam and Eve, were re-awakened in the Resurrection Halls of Mansonia number one.

 

Overview of: Paper 189 The Resurrection

 

1. The Morontia Transit
2. The Material Body of Jesus
3. The Dispensational Resurrection

4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

5. Peter and John at the Tomb

 

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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Posted 13 October 2014 - 04:43 AM


Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

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Paper 189 - THE RESURRECTION

 

3. The Dispensational Resurrection

 

   A little after half past four o’clock this Sunday morning, Gabriel summoned the archangels to his side and made ready to inaugurate the general resurrection of the termination of the Adamic dispensation on Urantia. When the vast host of the seraphim and the cherubim concerned in this great event had been marshaled in proper formation, the morontia Michael appeared before Gabriel, saying: “As my Father has life in himself, so has he given it to the Son to have life in himself. Although I have not yet fully resumed the exercise of universe jurisdiction, this self-imposed limitation does not in any manner restrict the bestowal of life upon my sleeping sons; let the roll call of the planetary resurrection begin.”

 

(2024.4)189:3.2 The circuit of the archangels then operated for the first time from Urantia. Gabriel and the archangel hosts moved to the place of the spiritual polarity of the planet; and when Gabriel gave the signal, there flashed to the first of the system mansion worlds the voice of Gabriel, saying: “By the mandate of Michael, let the dead of a Urantia dispensation rise!” Then all the survivors of the human races of Urantia who had fallen asleep since the days of Adam, and who had not already gone on to judgment, appeared in the resurrection halls of mansonia in readiness for morontia investiture. And in an instant of time the seraphim and their associates made ready to depart for the mansion worlds. Ordinarily these seraphic guardians, onetime assigned to the group custody of these surviving mortals, would have been present at the moment of their awaking in the resurrection halls of mansonia, but they were on this world itself at this time because of the necessity of Gabriel’s presence here in connection with the morontia resurrection of Jesus.

 

(2024.5)189:3.3 Notwithstanding that countless individuals having personal seraphic guardians and those achieving the requisite attainment of spiritual personality progress had gone on to mansonia during the ages subsequent to the times of Adam and Eve, and though there had been many special and millennial resurrections of Urantia sons, this was the third of the planetary roll calls, or complete dispensational resurrections. The first occurred at the time of the arrival of the Planetary Prince, the second during the time of Adam, and this, the third, signalized the morontia resurrection, the mortal transit, of Jesus of Nazareth.

 

(2024.6)189:3.4 When the signal of the planetary resurrection had been received by the chief of archangels, the Personalized Adjuster of the Son of Man relinquished his authority over the celestial hosts assembled on Urantia, turning all these sons of the local universe back to the jurisdiction of their respective commanders. And when he had done this, he departed for Salvington to register with Immanuel the completion of the mortal transit of Michael. And he was immediately followed by all the celestial host not required for duty on Urantia. But Gabriel remained on Urantia with the morontia Jesus.

 

(2025.1)189:3.5 And this is the recital of the events of the resurrection of Jesus as viewed by those who saw them as they really occurred, free from the limitations of partial and restricted human vision.

 

 

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 05:01 AM


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Greetings Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

Many are the references to dispensations. This is from Paper 49:
 

...Throughout the earlier ages of an inhabited world, many are called to the mansion spheres at the special and the millennial resurrections, but most survivors are repersonalized at the inauguration of a new dispensation associated with the advent of a divine Son of planetary service.... (568.6)49:6.3
 

Not all survive (also from Paper 49):
 

 ...Thus are the sleeping survivors of a planetary age repersonalized in the dispensational roll calls. But with regard to the nonsalvable personalities of a realm, no immortal spirit is present to function with the group guardians of destiny, and this constitutes cessation of creature existence. While some of your records have pictured these events as taking place on the planets of mortal death, they all really occur on the mansion worlds.... (569.2)49:6.7
 

Paper 30 has this about those who do not rise on the third day or on the occasion of a millennial resurrection:

 

...Sleeping Survivors. All mortals of survival status, in the custody of personal guardians of destiny, pass through the portals of natural death and, on the third period, personalize on the mansion worlds. Those accredited beings who have, for any reason, been unable to attain that level of intelligence mastery and endowment of spirituality which would entitle them to personal guardians, cannot thus immediately and directly go to the mansion worlds. Such surviving souls must rest in unconscious sleep until the judgment day of a new epoch, a new dispensation, the coming of a Son of God to call the rolls of the age and adjudicate the realm, and this is the general practice throughout all Nebadon. It was said of Christ Michael that, when he ascended on high at the conclusion of his work on earth, “He led a great multitude of captives.” And these captives were the sleeping survivors from the days of Adam to the day of the Master’s resurrection on Urantia.... (341.1)30:4.11

 

The Gospel writers don't use the word dispensation, but two of them refer to it, briefly, crypticly, and incongruently.

 

From John 5:
 

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.


From Matthew 27:
 

52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.



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The Archangel's circuit, cited in today's reading:
 

...The circuit of the archangels then operated for the first time from Urantia.... (2024.4)189:3.2
 

...can be used in an emergency on quarantined worlds like ours. From Paper 114:


...This rather loosely organized and somewhat personally administered planetary government is more than expectedly effective because of the timesaving assistance of the archangels and their ever-ready circuit, which is so frequently utilized in planetary emergencies and administrative difficulties. Technically, the planet is still spiritually isolated in the Norlatiadek circuits, but in an emergency this handicap can now be circumvented through utilization of the archangels’ circuit. Planetary isolation is, of course, of little concern to individual mortals since the pouring out of the Spirit of Truth upon all flesh nineteen hundred years ago.... (1254.4)114:5.4

 

 

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For more about where we will awake after this life, in the "resurrection halls of mansonia", see Paper 47:
 

...The very center of all activities on the first mansion world is the resurrection hall, the enormous temple of personality assembly. This gigantic structure consists of the central rendezvous of the seraphic destiny guardians, the Thought Adjusters, and the archangels of the resurrection. The Life Carriers also function with these celestial beings in the resurrection of the dead.... (532.8)47:3.2

 


You have to wonder how many sleeping survivors awakened on that day. Everyone who qualified between Adam and Jesus, over 30 thousand years, 1200 generations!

 

 

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The Midwayers refer to Salvington, where Jesus' indwelling God Fragment reported. From today's reading:
 

...And when he had done this, he departed for Salvington to register with Immanuel the completion of the mortal transit of Michael.... (2024.6)189:3.4
 

Salvington is also the capital of Nebadon, Christ Michael's own creation and his personal residence (also Immanuel's abiding place).

 

 

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Dispensation is a word that appears in Christian doctrine. Supposedly the angel Gabriel blows his horn and the dead of an age rise. From Wikipedia:

 

Gabriel's Horn (also called Torricelli's trumpet) is a geometric figure which has infinite surface area but finite volume. The name refers to the tradition identifying the Archangel Gabriel as the angel who blows the horn to announce Judgment Day, associating the divine, or infinite, with the finite.

 

Sects have developed related to dispensations. From Wikipedia:
 

Dispensationalism is an evangelical, futurist, Biblical interpretation that understands God to have related to human beings in different ways under different Biblical covenants in a series of "dispensations," or periods in history.

 

As a system, dispensationalism is expounded in the writings of John Nelson Darby (1800–82) and the Plymouth Brethren movement, and propagated through works such as Cyrus Scofield's Scofield Reference Bible. The theology of dispensationalism consists of a distinctive eschatological end times perspective, as all dispensationalists hold to premillennialism and most hold to a pretribulation rapture.

 

Dispensationalists believe that the nation of Israel is distinct from the Christian Church, and that God has yet to fulfill his promises to national Israel. These promises include the land promises, which in the future world to come result in a millennial kingdom and Third Temple where Christ, upon his return, will rule the world from Jerusalem for a thousand years. In other areas of theology, dispensationalists hold to a wide range of beliefs within the evangelical and fundamentalist spectrum.

 

With the rise of dispensationalism, some Protestants, where the dispensationalist view is particularly salient, came to interpret elements of the Book of Revelation not as an account of past events (with specific reference to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, a position known as Preterism), but as predictions of the future.

 

Estimates of the number of people who hold Dispensationalist beliefs vary between 5 and 40 million in the United States alone.


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Tomorrow’s reading is Section 4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb. The Midwayers outline the situation at this early hour: The apostles slept at the Mark home, David Zebedee, the women, and others were at Joseph's residence. At 3 AM, some of the women ventured off to Golgotha with embalming lotions.

 

Overview of: Paper 189 The Resurrection

 

1. The Morontia Transit
2. The Material Body of Jesus
3. The Dispensational Resurrection

4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

5. Peter and John at the Tomb

 

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 189: (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

 

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 05:46 AM


Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

Today’s Presentation

 

Paper 189 - THE RESURRECTION

 

4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

 

[Part 1 of 2]

 

   As we approach the time of the resurrection of Jesus on this early Sunday morning, it should be recalled that the ten apostles were sojourning at the home of Elijah and Mary Mark, where they were asleep in the upper chamber, resting on the very couches whereon they reclined during the last supper with their Master. This Sunday morning they were all there assembled except Thomas. Thomas was with them for a few minutes late Saturday night when they first got together, but the sight of the apostles, coupled with the thought of what had happened to Jesus, was too much for him. He looked his associates over and immediately left the room, going to the home of Simon in Bethpage, where he thought to grieve over his troubles in solitude. The apostles all suffered, not so much from doubt and despair as from fear, grief, and shame.

 

(2025.3)189:4.2 At the home of Nicodemus there were gathered together, with David Zebedee and Joseph of Arimathea, some twelve or fifteen of the more prominent of the Jerusalem disciples of Jesus. At the home of Joseph of Arimathea there were some fifteen or twenty of the leading women believers. Only these women abode in Joseph’s house, and they had kept close within during the hours of the Sabbath day and the evening after the Sabbath, so that they were ignorant of the military guard on watch at the tomb; neither did they know that a second stone had been rolled in front of the tomb, and that both of these stones had been placed under the seal of Pilate.

 

(2025.4)189:4.3 A little before three o’clock this Sunday morning, when the first signs of day began to appear in the east, five of the women started out for the tomb of Jesus. They had prepared an abundance of special embalming lotions, and they carried many linen bandages with them. It was their purpose more thoroughly to give the body of Jesus its death anointing and more carefully to wrap it up with the new bandages.

 

(2025.5)189:4.4 The women who went on this mission of anointing Jesus’ body were: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the Alpheus twins, Salome the mother of the Zebedee brothers, Joanna the wife of Chuza, and Susanna the daughter of Ezra of Alexandria.

 

(2025.6)189:4.5 It was about half past three o’clock when the five women, laden with their ointments, arrived before the empty tomb. As they passed out of the Damascus gate, they encountered a number of soldiers fleeing into the city more or less panic-stricken, and this caused them to pause for a few minutes; but when nothing more developed, they resumed their journey.

 

(2025.7)189:4.6 They were greatly surprised to see the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb, inasmuch as they had said among themselves on the way out, “Who will help us roll away the stone?” They set down their burdens and began to look upon one another in fear and with great amazement. While they stood there, atremble with fear, Mary Magdalene ventured around the smaller stone and dared to enter the open sepulchre. This tomb of Joseph was in his garden on the hillside on the eastern side of the road, and it also faced toward the east. By this hour there was just enough of the dawn of a new day to enable Mary to look back to the place where the Master’s body had lain and to discern that it was gone. In the recess of stone where they had laid Jesus, Mary saw only the folded napkin where his head had rested and the bandages wherewith he had been wrapped lying intact and as they had rested on the stone before the celestial hosts removed the body. The covering sheet lay at the foot of the burial niche.

 

(2026.1)189:4.7 After Mary had tarried in the doorway of the tomb for a few moments (she did not see distinctly when she first entered the tomb), she saw that Jesus’ body was gone and in its place only these grave cloths, and she uttered a cry of alarm and anguish. All the women were exceedingly nervous; they had been on edge ever since meeting the panicky soldiers at the city gate, and when Mary uttered this scream of anguish, they were terror-stricken and fled in great haste. And they did not stop until they had run all the way to the Damascus gate. By this time Joanna was conscience-stricken that they had deserted Mary; she rallied her companions, and they started back for the tomb.

 

 

 

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 06:26 AM


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Good Day Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

Fascinating the different reactions of the women and men to the Master's death. The apostles remained hidden, fearful and sequestered, while the women were concerned about the condition of his spent shell. And Thomas, he selfishly wished to grieve alone.

 

From the second paragraph of today's reading:
 

...At the home of Nicodemus there were gathered together, with David Zebedee and Joseph of Arimathea, some twelve or fifteen of the more prominent of the Jerusalem disciples of Jesus. At the home of Joseph of Arimathea there were some fifteen or twenty of the leading women believers.... (2025.3)189:4.2

 

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The Gospel record associated with today's reading has a little from each of the four, and remarkably similar except Matthew added angels and an earthquake.

 

From John 20:
 

1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
 

From Matthew 28:

 

1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

 

From Mark 16:
 

1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

 

From Luke 24:


1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.


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Tomorrow’s reading is part two of Section 4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb. Mary Magdalene encounters the risen Jesus, and at first, mistakes him for the caretaker. The women run back to the Mark home, but no one will believe they met the Master.

 

Overview of: Paper 189 The Resurrection

 

1. The Morontia Transit
2. The Material Body of Jesus
3. The Dispensational Resurrection

4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

5. Peter and John at the Tomb

 

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 189: (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

 

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 05:35 AM


Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

Today’s Presentation

 

Paper 189 - THE RESURRECTION

 

4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

 

[Part 2 of 2]

 

   As they drew near the sepulchre, the frightened Magdalene, who was even more terrorized when she failed to find her sisters waiting when she came out of the tomb, now rushed up to them, excitedly exclaiming: “He is not there — they have taken him away!” And she led them back to the tomb, and they all entered and saw that it was empty.

 

(2026.3)189:4.9 All five of the women then sat down on the stone near the entrance and talked over the situation. It had not yet occurred to them that Jesus had been resurrected. They had been by themselves over the Sabbath, and they conjectured that the body had been moved to another resting place. But when they pondered such a solution of their dilemma, they were at a loss to account for the orderly arrangement of the grave cloths; how could the body have been removed since the very bandages in which it was wrapped were left in position and apparently intact on the burial shelf?

 

(2026.4)189:4.10 As these women sat there in the early hours of the dawn of this new day, they looked to one side and observed a silent and motionless stranger. For a moment they were again frightened, but Mary Magdalene, rushing toward him and addressing him as if she thought he might be the caretaker of the garden, said, “Where have you taken the Master? Where have they laid him? Tell us that we may go and get him.” When the stranger did not answer Mary, she began to weep. Then spoke Jesus to them, saying, “Whom do you seek?” Mary said: “We seek for Jesus who was laid to rest in Joseph’s tomb, but he is gone. Do you know where they have taken him?” Then said Jesus: “Did not this Jesus tell you, even in Galilee, that he would die, but that he would rise again?” These words startled the women, but the Master was so changed that they did not yet recognize him with his back turned to the dim light. And as they pondered his words, he addressed the Magdalene with a familiar voice, saying, “Mary.” And when she heard that word of well-known sympathy and affectionate greeting, she knew it was the voice of the Master, and she rushed to kneel at his feet while she exclaimed, “My Lord, and my Master!” And all of the other women recognized that it was the Master who stood before them in glorified form, and they quickly knelt before him.

 

(2027.1)189:4.11 These human eyes were enabled to see the morontia form of Jesus because of the special ministry of the transformers and the midwayers in association with certain of the morontia personalities then accompanying Jesus.

 

(2027.2)189:4.12 As Mary sought to embrace his feet, Jesus said: “Touch me not, Mary, for I am not as you knew me in the flesh. In this form will I tarry with you for a season before I ascend to the Father. But go, all of you, now and tell my apostles — and Peter — that I have risen, and that you have talked with me.”

 

(2027.3)189:4.13 After these women had recovered from the shock of their amazement, they hastened back to the city and to the home of Elijah Mark, where they related to the ten apostles all that had happened to them; but the apostles were not inclined to believe them. They thought at first that the women had seen a vision, but when Mary Magdalene repeated the words which Jesus had spoken to them, and when Peter heard his name, he rushed out of the upper chamber, followed closely by John, in great haste to reach the tomb and see these things for himself.

 

(2027.4)189:4.14 The women repeated the story of talking with Jesus to the other apostles, but they would not believe; and they would not go to find out for themselves as had Peter and John.

 

 

 

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 05:40 AM


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Greetings Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

Such a divine encounter, there in the dawn light of a cool April morn, the form of a man appears, alive and well apparently, in the wake of his own death.

 

...they looked to one side and observed a silent and motionless stranger.... (2026.4)189:4.10

 

 

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She mistakes him for an employee of Joseph, then bursts out in tears of fear and prolonged anxiety. But then, recognition!

 

...And all of the other women recognized that it was the Master who stood before them in glorified form, and they quickly knelt before him.... (2026.4)189:4.10

 

 

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These transformers the Midwayers mention in today's reading were cited in Paper 29. Evidently they can transform energy from higher to lower and lower to higher.

 

From Paper 44:
 

...I cannot, with exclusive spirit vision, perceive the building in which this narrative is being translated and recorded. A Divine Counselor from Uversa who chances to stand by my side perceives still less of these purely material creations. We discern how these material structures appear to you by viewing a spirit counterpart presented to our minds by one of our attending energy transformers. This material building is not exactly real to me, a spirit being, but it is, of course, very real and very serviceable to material mortals....(498.7)44:0.16


From Paper 47:


...Though the finaliter world is a sphere of exquisite physical beauty and extraordinary morontia embellishment, the great spirit abode located at the center of activities, the temple of the finaliters, is not visible to the unaided material or early morontia vision. But the energy transformers are able to visualize many of these realities to ascending mortals, and from time to time they do thus function, as on the occasions of the class assemblies of the mansion world students on this cultural sphere.... (530.6)47:1.2

 

 

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Jesus must have known the apostles wouldn't believe the women, so he included Peter by name. That worked:
 

...when Peter heard his name, he rushed out of the upper chamber, followed closely by John, in great haste to reach the tomb and see these things for himself.... (2027.3)189:4.13


 

All four Gospel records have something of this early morning encounter and his followers' reaction, albeit out of order, flawed or embellished:

From Matthew 28:

 

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

 

From Mark 16:

 

And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

 

From Luke 24:

 

And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

And they remembered his words,

And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

 

From John 20:

 

Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

 

 

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.



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Tomorrow’s reading is the last of 189, Section 5. Peter and John at the Tomb. They race to the burial site but don't find anything except the mysteriously arranged cloth. As Mary returns, Peter and John leave, then the Master appears to Mary once more. Jesus tells her he will appear to the apostles soon, in Galilee.

 

Overview of: Paper 189 The Resurrection

 

1. The Morontia Transit
2. The Material Body of Jesus
3. The Dispensational Resurrection

4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

5. Peter and John at the Tomb

 

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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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:47 AM


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Paper 189 - THE RESURRECTION

 

5. Peter and John at the Tomb

 

   As the two apostles raced for Golgotha and the tomb of Joseph, Peter’s thoughts alternated between fear and hope; he feared to meet the Master, but his hope was aroused by the story that Jesus had sent special word to him. He was half persuaded that Jesus was really alive; he recalled the promise to rise on the third day. Strange to relate, this promise had not occurred to him since the crucifixion until this moment as he hurried north through Jerusalem. As John hastened out of the city, a strange ecstasy of joy and hope welled up in his soul. He was half convinced that the women really had seen the risen Master.

 

(2027.6)189:5.2 John, being younger than Peter, outran him and arrived first at the tomb. John tarried at the door, viewing the tomb, and it was just as Mary had described it. Very soon Simon Peter rushed up and, entering, saw the same empty tomb with the grave cloths so peculiarly arranged. And when Peter had come out, John also went in and saw it all for himself, and then they sat down on the stone to ponder the meaning of what they had seen and heard. And while they sat there, they turned over in their minds all that had been told them about Jesus, but they could not clearly perceive what had happened.

 

(2027.7)189:5.3 Peter at first suggested that the grave had been rifled, that enemies had stolen the body, perhaps bribed the guards. But John reasoned that the grave would hardly have been left so orderly if the body had been stolen, and he also raised the question as to how the bandages happened to be left behind, and so apparently intact. And again they both went back into the tomb more closely to examine the grave cloths. As they came out of the tomb the second time, they found Mary Magdalene returned and weeping before the entrance. Mary had gone to the apostles believing that Jesus had risen from the grave, but when they all refused to believe her report, she became downcast and despairing. She longed to go back near the tomb, where she thought she had heard the familiar voice of Jesus.

 

(2027.8)189:5.4 As Mary lingered after Peter and John had gone, the Master again appeared to her, saying: “Be not doubting; have the courage to believe what you have seen and heard. Go back to my apostles and again tell them that I have risen, that I will appear to them, and that presently I will go before them into Galilee as I promised.”

 

(2028.1)189:5.5 Mary hurried back to the Mark home and told the apostles she had again talked with Jesus, but they would not believe her. But when Peter and John returned, they ceased to ridicule and became filled with fear and apprehension.

 

 

 

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:56 AM


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Good Day Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

...As the two apostles raced for Golgotha and the tomb of Joseph, Peter’s thoughts alternated between fear and hope...As John hastened out of the city, a strange ecstasy of joy and hope welled up in his soul.... (2027.5)189:5.1

 

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Seems so odd that the Master would appear before Mary twice, and not to his own apostles, especially Peter and John. I'm not questioning his judgement, just not seeing the whole picture. No doubt there was good reason for doing so, but it is not surprising the apostles didn't believe the women. At that time, women were presumed to be unable to accurately discern reality, they were emotional women after all. Maybe the morontia Master was testing his apostles, teaching them that he trusted women as much as men? He does finally appear to his apostles, late Sunday evening (see Paper 191).

 

From today's reading:

 

...Mary hurried back to the Mark home and told the apostles she had again talked with Jesus, but they would not believe her.... (2028.1)189:5.5

 

 

All four Gospel records have corollaries to today's reading:
 

From John 20:
 

Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.


From Mark 16:

 

But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

 

From Matthew 28:

 

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

 

From Luke 24:

 

And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.


 

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Thus ends the story of the discovery of the risen Jesus. Tomorrow’s reading is the introduction to Paper 190. The Midwayers begin to unfold the longer narrative of the 19 appearances the Master made during the 40 days following his resurrection. The introduction also has some interesting and touching details about Mary Magdalene's "prominent" role in the resurrection.

 

Overview of: Paper 189 The Resurrection

 

1. The Morontia Transit
2. The Material Body of Jesus
3. The Dispensational Resurrection

4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

5. Peter and John at the Tomb

 

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 189: (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

 

Thanks for reading. Members’ thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments, corrections and questions about today’s OPAD presentation are invited.





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