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#1 Rick Warren

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 04:35 AM

Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

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Paper 190 - MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS

 

[INTRODUCTION]

 

   THE resurrected Jesus now prepares to spend a short period on Urantia for the purpose of experiencing the ascending morontia career of a mortal of the realms. Although this time of the morontia life is to be spent on the world of his mortal incarnation, it will, however, be in all respects the counterpart of the experience of Satania mortals who pass through the progressive morontia life of the seven mansion worlds of Jerusem.

 

(2029.2)190:0.2 All this power which is inherent in Jesus — the endowment of life — and which enabled him to rise from the dead, is the very gift of eternal life which he bestows upon kingdom believers, and which even now makes certain their resurrection from the bonds of natural death.

 

(2029.3)190:0.3 The mortals of the realms will arise in the morning of the resurrection with the same type of transition or morontia body that Jesus had when he arose from the tomb on this Sunday morning. These bodies do not have circulating blood, and such beings do not partake of ordinary material food; nevertheless, these morontia forms are real. When the various believers saw Jesus after his resurrection, they really saw him; they were not the self-deceived victims of visions or hallucinations.

 

(2029.4)190:0.4 Abiding faith in the resurrection of Jesus was the cardinal feature of the faith of all branches of the early gospel teaching. In Jerusalem, Alexandria, Antioch, and Philadelphia all the gospel teachers united in this implicit faith in the Master’s resurrection.

 

(2029.5)190:0.5 In viewing the prominent part which Mary Magdalene took in proclaiming the Master’s resurrection, it should be recorded that Mary was the chief spokesman for the women’s corps, as was Peter for the apostles. Mary was not chief of the women workers, but she was their chief teacher and public spokesman. Mary had become a woman of great circumspection, so that her boldness in speaking to a man whom she considered to be the caretaker of Joseph’s garden only indicates how horrified she was to find the tomb empty. It was the depth and agony of her love, the fullness of her devotion, that caused her to forget, for a moment, the conventional restraints of a Jewish woman’s approach to a strange man.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 04:43 AM

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Greetings Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors!

 

WELCOME to the OPAD presentation of Paper 190. This Paper has eight pages and five Sections. It gives the details of the day of resurrection, from around 6 AM to 9 PM, Sunday, April 9, 30 AD. 

 

Overview of: Paper 190 MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS


1. Heralds of the Resurrection
2. Jesus’ Appearance at Bethany

3. At the Home of Joseph

4. Appearance to the Greeks

5. The Walk with Two Brothers

 

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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Synopsis of Paper 190:

 


Unsuccessful in their attempts to persuade the apostles that Jesus had risen, Mary Magdalene and the other women spread the news to the women gathered at Joseph's and to the men at Nicodemus's home.

 

David Zebedee and Joseph set out to inspect the tomb. They immediately went on to the Mark home and told the apostles that the tomb was empty. Only John Zebedee was faintly swayed. David declined to argue with the apostles. He took his leave of them saying, "You are the apostles, and you ought to understand these things. I heard the Master say that, after he should die, he would rise on the third day, and I believe him."

 

At half past nine that morning, a squadron of messengers assembled at the home of Nicodemus. David bid them to spread the message that Jesus had risen from the dead. Twenty-six runners set out to Bethany, Beersheba, Damascus, Sidon, Philadelphia, Alexandria, and other cities.

 

Jesus' family was staying in Bethany with Martha and Mary when David's messenger arrived with the news of the resurrection. As Jesus' brother James stood alone in front of Lazarus' empty tomb pondering what the messenger had told them, he became aware of a presence. He watched in amazement as a strange form appeared. Jesus said, "James, I come to call you to the service of the kingdom. Join earnest hands with your brethren and follow after me." The two brothers conversed for three minutes before Jesus said farewell. James rushed inside to tell the rest of his family what he had seen.

 

Two hours later Jesus appeared again at Lazarus's home, this time to almost twenty family members and believers.

 

The women assembled at Joseph's house were next to see Jesus. He greeted them: "Peace be upon you. In the fellowship of the kingdom there shall be neither Jew nor gentile, rich nor poor, free nor bond, man nor woman. You also are called to publish the good news of the liberty of mankind through the gospel of sonship with God in the kingdom of heaven. And I will be with you always even to the ends of the earth."

 

The Master next appeared to forty Greek believers who were staying at the home of Flavius.

 

Two brothers, Cleopas and Jacob, were walking outside of Jerusalem discussing the rumors of the resurrection when Jesus joined them on the road. He spoke to them at length. When they reached their home, the brothers invited Jesus inside. When they sat down to eat, they gave Jesus their bread to bless. He broke the bread and handed it to them. Suddenly Cleopas and Jacob realized who he was, and Jesus vanished. The brothers rushed to Jerusalem where they burst into the Mark home and excitedly told the apostles all that they had seen and heard.

 

Reports began to reach the Jewish rulers that Jesus had risen. The Sanhedrin called a meeting and decided that anyone who mentioned the resurrection would be banned from the synagogues.

 

It was further suggested that the penalty should be death, but this didn't come to a vote because the meeting broke up in a panic. The Sanhedrin were about to discover that their problems with Jesus were only beginning.

 

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The introduction to 190 cites the morontia estate and the Mansion worlds of Jerusem. There is much more about our next stop on the Paradise assent in Papers 47 & 48:

 

47. The Seven Mansion Worlds

 

1. The Finaliters’ World

2. The Probationary Nursery

3. The First Mansion World

4. The Second Mansion World

5. The Third Mansion World

6. The Fourth Mansion World

7. The Fifth Mansion World

8. The Sixth Mansion World
9. The Seventh Mansion World

10. Jerusem Citizenship

 

48. The Morontia Life


1. Morontia Materials
2. Morontia Power Supervisors

3. Morontia Companions

4. The Reversion Directors

5. The Mansion World Teachers

6. Morontia World Seraphim — Transition Ministers

7. Morontia Mota

8. The Morontia Progressors

 

 

We will also have this resurrection experience of finding ourselves in a new kind of body. From today's text:

 

 ...These bodies do not have circulating blood, and such beings do not partake of ordinary material food; nevertheless, these morontia forms are real.... (2029.3)190:0.3

 

From Paper 47:
 

...Though you have morontia bodies, you continue, through all seven of these worlds, to eat, drink, and rest. You partake of the morontia order of food, a kingdom of living energy unknown on the material worlds. Both food and water are fully utilized in the morontia body; there is no residual waste.... (535.2)47:4.6

 

 

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From 190's introduction:
 

...Mary had become a woman of great circumspection.... (2029.5)190:0.5

 

(Circumspection = prudent: taking into consideration all possible circumstances and consequences before acting.)

 

The Midwayers felt it necessary to explain Mary Magdalene's breach of protocol:
 

...It was the depth and agony of her love, the fullness of her devotion, that caused her to forget, for a moment, the conventional restraints of a Jewish woman’s approach to a strange man.... (2029.5)190:0.5
 

 

 

 

 

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WORD CLOUD OF PAPER 190

 

 

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Tomorrow’s reading, Section 1. Heralds of the Resurrection, has the details of David Zebedee's courageous last act as head of the messenger corps. Even though the apostles refuse to believe, David does, and he acts on this belief, sending out 26 runners in all four directions, saying: He is risen!

 

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 05:00 PM

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The way I read it, this (from today’s OPAD) makes it sound like the morontia estate was somehow imported to Urantia, so he could hang with us for 40 days:

 

 …THE resurrected Jesus now prepares to spend a short period on Urantia for the purpose of experiencing the ascending morontia career of a mortal of the realms. Although this time of the morontia life is to be spent on the world of his mortal incarnation, it will, however, be in all respects the counterpart of the experience of Satania mortals who pass through the progressive morontia life of the seven mansion worlds of Jerusem…. (2029.1)190:0.1



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Posted 18 October 2014 - 04:56 AM


Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

Today’s Presentation

 

Paper 190 - MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS

 

1. Heralds of the Resurrection

 

   The apostles did not want Jesus to leave them; therefore had they slighted all his statements about dying, along with his promises to rise again. They were not expecting the resurrection as it came, and they refused to believe until they were confronted with the compulsion of unimpeachable evidence and the absolute proof of their own experiences.

 

(2030.1)190:1.2 When the apostles refused to believe the report of the five women who represented that they had seen Jesus and talked with him, Mary Magdalene returned to the tomb, and the others went back to Joseph’s house, where they related their experiences to his daughter and the other women. And the women believed their report. Shortly after six o’clock the daughter of Joseph of Arimathea and the four women who had seen Jesus went over to the home of Nicodemus, where they related all these happenings to Joseph, Nicodemus, David Zebedee, and the other men there assembled. Nicodemus and the others doubted their story, doubted that Jesus had risen from the dead; they conjectured that the Jews had removed the body. Joseph and David were disposed to believe the report, so much so that they hurried out to inspect the tomb, and they found everything just as the women had described. And they were the last to so view the sepulchre, for the high priest sent the captain of the temple guards to the tomb at half past seven o’clock to remove the grave cloths. The captain wrapped them all up in the linen sheet and threw them over a near-by cliff.

 

(2030.2)190:1.3 From the tomb David and Joseph went immediately to the home of Elijah Mark, where they held a conference with the ten apostles in the upper chamber. Only John Zebedee was disposed to believe, even faintly, that Jesus had risen from the dead. Peter had believed at first but, when he failed to find the Master, fell into grave doubting. They were all disposed to believe that the Jews had removed the body. David would not argue with them, but when he left, he said: “You are the apostles, and you ought to understand these things. I will not contend with you; nevertheless, I now go back to the home of Nicodemus, where I have appointed with the messengers to assemble this morning, and when they have gathered together, I will send them forth on their last mission, as heralds of the Master’s resurrection. I heard the Master say that, after he should die, he would rise on the third day, and I believe him.” And thus speaking to the dejected and forlorn ambassadors of the kingdom, this self-appointed chief of communication and intelligence took leave of the apostles. On his way from the upper chamber he dropped the bag of Judas, containing all the apostolic funds, in the lap of Matthew Levi.

 

(2030.3)190:1.4 It was about half past nine o’clock when the last of David’s twenty-six messengers arrived at the home of Nicodemus. David promptly assembled them in the spacious courtyard and addressed them:

 

(2030.4)190:1.5 “Men and brethren, all this time you have served me in accordance with your oath to me and to one another, and I call you to witness that I have never yet sent out false information at your hands. I am about to send you on your last mission as volunteer messengers of the kingdom, and in so doing I release you from your oaths and thereby disband the messenger corps. Men, I declare to you that we have finished our work. No more does the Master have need of mortal messengers; he has risen from the dead. He told us before they arrested him that he would die and rise again on the third day. I have seen the tomb — it is empty. I have talked with Mary Magdalene and four other women, who have talked with Jesus. I now disband you, bid you farewell, and send you on your respective assignments, and the message which you shall bear to the believers is: ‘Jesus has risen from the dead; the tomb is empty.’”

 

(2030.5)190:1.6 The majority of those present endeavored to persuade David not to do this. But they could not influence him. They then sought to dissuade the messengers, but they would not heed the words of doubt. And so, shortly before ten o’clock this Sunday morning, these twenty-six runners went forth as the first heralds of the mighty truth-fact of the resurrected Jesus. And they started out on this mission as they had on so many others, in fulfillment of their oath to David Zebedee and to one another. These men had great confidence in David. They departed on this assignment without even tarrying to talk with those who had seen Jesus; they took David at his word. The majority of them believed what David had told them, and even those who somewhat doubted, carried the message just as certainly and just as swiftly.

 

(2031.1)190:1.7 The apostles, the spiritual corps of the kingdom, are this day assembled in the upper chamber, where they manifest fear and express doubts, while these laymen, representing the first attempt at the socialization of the Master’s gospel of the brotherhood of man, under the orders of their fearless and efficient leader, go forth to proclaim the risen Savior of a world and a universe. And they engage in this eventful service ere his chosen representatives are willing to believe his word or to accept the evidence of eyewitnesses.

 

(2031.2)190:1.8 These twenty-six were dispatched to the home of Lazarus in Bethany and to all of the believer centers, from Beersheba in the south to Damascus and Sidon in the north; and from Philadelphia in the east to Alexandria in the west.

 

(2031.3)190:1.9 When David had taken leave of his brethren, he went over to the home of Joseph for his mother, and they then went out to Bethany to join the waiting family of Jesus. David abode there in Bethany with Martha and Mary until after they had disposed of their earthly possessions, and he accompanied them on their journey to join their brother, Lazarus, at Philadelphia.

 

(2031.4)190:1.10 In about one week from this time John Zebedee took Mary the mother of Jesus to his home in Bethsaida. James, Jesus’ eldest brother, remained with his family in Jerusalem. Ruth remained at Bethany with Lazarus’s sisters. The rest of Jesus’ family returned to Galilee. David Zebedee left Bethany with Martha and Mary, for Philadelphia, early in June, the day after his marriage to Ruth, Jesus’ youngest sister.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 05:31 AM


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

 

David should have been one of the apostles, he grasped Jesus' teachings better than any:
 

...David would not argue with them, but when he left, he said: “You are the apostles, and you ought to understand these things...." (2030.2)190:1.3

 

But then, who would have operated the invaluable messenger service? The loyalty and devotion David inspired is more than worthy of an apostle:
 

...These men had great confidence in David. They departed on this assignment without even tarrying to talk with those who had seen Jesus; they took David at his word.... (2030.5)190:1.6
 

 

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From today's text:
 

...These twenty-six were dispatched to the home of Lazarus in Bethany and to all of the believer centers, from Beersheba in the south to Damascus and Sidon in the north; and from Philadelphia in the east to Alexandria in the west.... (2031.2)190:1.8
 

This map shows each of those, except Alexandria (Damascus is almost off the map, upper right corner):
 

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This map shows Alexandria in relation to Jerusalem:
 

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David received at least part of his reward right here on Urantia, the honor of marrying Jesus' most loyal family member, his youngest sister, Ruth:
 

...David Zebedee left Bethany with Martha and Mary, for Philadelphia, early in June, the day after his marriage to Ruth, Jesus’ youngest sister.... (2031.4)190:1.10

 

Wonder if those two created a grand family of nieces and nephews that Jesus never knew--on Earth. The Midwayers wrote this about her in Paper 127:
 

...Baby Ruth was the sunshine of the home; though thoughtless of speech, she was most sincere of heart. She just about worshiped her big brother and father.... (1402.1)127:4.8
 

 

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In tomorrow’s reading, Section 2. Jesus’ Appearance at Bethany, James is visited, alone, in Joseph's garden. Then twenty family and friends, including David, also receive a visit from the morontia Master.

 

 

Overview of: Paper 190 MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS


1. Heralds of the Resurrection
2. Jesus’ Appearance at Bethany

3. At the Home of Joseph

4. Appearance to the Greeks

5. The Walk with Two Brothers

 

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 190: (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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Posted 19 October 2014 - 04:54 AM


Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

Today’s Presentation

 

Paper 190 - MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS

 

2. Jesus’ Appearance at Bethany

 

   From the time of the morontia resurrection until the hour of his spirit ascension on high, Jesus made nineteen separate appearances in visible form to his believers on earth. He did not appear to his enemies nor to those who could not make spiritual use of his manifestation in visible form. His first appearance was to the five women at the tomb; his second, to Mary Magdalene, also at the tomb.

 

(2031.6)190:2.2 The third appearance occurred about noon of this Sunday at Bethany. Shortly after noontide, Jesus’ oldest brother, James, was standing in the garden of Lazarus before the empty tomb of the resurrected brother of Martha and Mary, turning over in his mind the news brought to them about one hour previously by the messenger of David. James had always inclined to believe in his eldest brother’s mission on earth, but he had long since lost contact with Jesus’ work and had drifted into grave doubting regarding the later claims of the apostles that Jesus was the Messiah. The whole family was startled and well-nigh confounded by the news brought by the messenger. Even as James stood before Lazarus’s empty tomb, Mary Magdalene arrived on the scene and was excitedly relating to the family her experiences of the early morning hours at the tomb of Joseph. Before she had finished, David Zebedee and his mother arrived. Ruth, of course, believed the report, and so did Jude after he had talked with David and Salome.

 

(2032.1)190:2.3 In the meantime, as they looked for James and before they found him, while he stood there in the garden near the tomb, he became aware of a near-by presence, as if someone had touched him on the shoulder; and when he turned to look, he beheld the gradual appearance of a strange form by his side. He was too much amazed to speak and too frightened to flee. And then the strange form spoke, saying: “James, I come to call you to the service of the kingdom. Join earnest hands with your brethren and follow after me.” When James heard his name spoken, he knew that it was his eldest brother, Jesus, who had addressed him. They all had more or less difficulty in recognizing the morontia form of the Master, but few of them had any trouble recognizing his voice or otherwise identifying his charming personality when he once began to communicate with them.

 

(2032.2)190:2.4 When James perceived that Jesus was addressing him, he started to fall to his knees, exclaiming, “My father and my brother,” but Jesus bade him stand while he spoke with him. And they walked through the garden and talked for almost three minutes; talked over experiences of former days and forecast the events of the near future. As they neared the house, Jesus said, “Farewell, James, until I greet you all together.”

 

(2032.3)190:2.5 James rushed into the house, even while they looked for him at Bethpage, exclaiming: “I have just seen Jesus and talked with him, visited with him. He is not dead; he has risen! He vanished before me, saying, ‘Farewell until I greet you all together.’” He had scarcely finished speaking when Jude returned, and he retold the experience of meeting Jesus in the garden for the benefit of Jude. And they all began to believe in the resurrection of Jesus. James now announced that he would not return to Galilee, and David exclaimed: “He is seen not only by excited women; even stronghearted men have begun to see him. I expect to see him myself.”

 

(2032.4)190:2.6 And David did not long wait, for the fourth appearance of Jesus to mortal recognition occurred shortly before two o’clock in this very home of Martha and Mary, when he appeared visibly before his earthly family and their friends, twenty in all. The Master appeared in the open back door, saying: “Peace be upon you. Greetings to those once near me in the flesh and fellowship for my brothers and sisters in the kingdom of heaven. How could you doubt? Why have you lingered so long before choosing to follow the light of truth with a whole heart? Come, therefore, all of you into the fellowship of the Spirit of Truth in the Father’s kingdom.” As they began to recover from the first shock of their amazement and to move toward him as if to embrace him, he vanished from their sight.

 

(2032.5)190:2.7 They all wanted to rush off to the city to tell the doubting apostles about what had happened, but James restrained them. Mary Magdalene, only, was permitted to return to Joseph’s house. James forbade their publishing abroad the fact of this morontia visit because of certain things which Jesus had said to him as they conversed in the garden. But James never revealed more of his visit with the risen Master on this day at the Lazarus home in Bethany.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 05:38 AM


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

 

 ...The third appearance occurred about noon of this Sunday at Bethany.... (2031.6)190:2.2

 

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This, from today's reading, gives us a glimpse of how the morontia appearance manifested (at least to James):
 

 ...he became aware of a near-by presence, as if someone had touched him on the shoulder; and when he turned to look, he beheld the gradual appearance of a strange form by his side.... (2032.1)190:2.3
 

 

There are at least two New Testament verses that (somewhat) coincide with today's text. One from Peter in the book of Acts, chapter 10:

 

40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

 

And this from Paul, I Corinthians, chapter 15:

 

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.



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So, what do you think Jesus said to James?
 

...James forbade their publishing abroad the fact of this morontia visit because of certain things which Jesus had said to him as they conversed in the garden.... (2032.5)190:2.7
 

We might surmise that he said: 'beware James, restrain yourselves, for the Jerusalem authorities want to silence any who say he is risen'.

 

 

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In tomorrow’s reading, Section 3. At the Home of Joseph, Jesus appears before 25 women assuring them the Gospel is for all humans and both genders. And the word gets out about his resurrection which prompts the Sanhedrin to begin to formulate the persecutions, even the death, of those who believe.

 

Overview of: Paper 190 MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS


1. Heralds of the Resurrection
2. Jesus’ Appearance at Bethany

3. At the Home of Joseph

4. Appearance to the Greeks

5. The Walk with Two Brothers

 

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

 

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 04:20 AM


Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

Today’s Presentation

 

Paper 190 - MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS

 

 

3. At the Home of Joseph

 

   The fifth morontia manifestation of Jesus to the recognition of mortal eyes occurred in the presence of some twenty-five women believers assembled at the home of Joseph of Arimathea, at about fifteen minutes past four o’clock on this same Sunday afternoon. Mary Magdalene had returned to Joseph’s house just a few minutes before this appearance. James, Jesus’ brother, had requested that nothing be said to the apostles concerning the Master’s appearance at Bethany. He had not asked Mary to refrain from reporting the occurrence to her sister believers. Accordingly, after Mary had pledged all the women to secrecy, she proceeded to relate what had so recently happened while she was with Jesus’ family at Bethany. And she was in the very midst of this thrilling recital when a sudden and solemn hush fell over them; they beheld in their very midst the fully visible form of the risen Jesus. He greeted them, saying: “Peace be upon you. In the fellowship of the kingdom there shall be neither Jew nor gentile, rich nor poor, free nor bond, man nor woman. You also are called to publish the good news of the liberty of mankind through the gospel of sonship with God in the kingdom of heaven. Go to all the world proclaiming this gospel and confirming believers in the faith thereof. And while you do this, forget not to minister to the sick and strengthen those who are fainthearted and fear-ridden. And I will be with you always, even to the ends of the earth.” And when he had thus spoken, he vanished from their sight, while the women fell on their faces and worshiped in silence.

 

(2033.2)190:3.2 Of the five morontia appearances of Jesus occurring up to this time, Mary Magdalene had witnessed four.

 

(2033.3)190:3.3 As a result of sending out the messengers during the midforenoon and from the unconscious leakage of intimations concerning this appearance of Jesus at Joseph’s house, word began to come to the rulers of the Jews during the early evening that it was being reported about the city that Jesus had risen, and that many persons were claiming to have seen him. The Sanhedrists were thoroughly aroused by these rumors. After a hasty consultation with Annas, Caiaphas called a meeting of the Sanhedrin to convene at eight o’clock that evening. It was at this meeting that action was taken to throw out of the synagogues any person who made mention of Jesus’ resurrection. It was even suggested that anyone claiming to have seen him should be put to death; this proposal, however, did not come to a vote since the meeting broke up in confusion bordering on actual panic. They had dared to think they were through with Jesus. They were about to discover that their real trouble with the man of Nazareth had just begun.*

 

 

 

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

 

O how fortunate this group of women belieivers, especially Mary Magdalene:

 

...And she was in the very midst of this thrilling recital when a sudden and solemn hush fell over them; they beheld in their very midst the fully visible form of the risen Jesus.... (2033.1)190:3.1

 

It's fascinating who he appeared to, and in what order. From today's text:

 

...Of the five morontia appearances of Jesus occurring up to this time, Mary Magdalene had witnessed four.... (2033.2)190:3.2

 

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The comfortable smugness and triumphant satisfaction of the Sanhedrinists derived from killing Jesus didn't last but two days:

 

...They were about to discover that their real trouble with the man of Nazareth had just begun.... (2033.3)190:3.3

 

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Today's reading has the prototype of the "Great Commission":

 

...He greeted them, saying: “Peace be upon you. In the fellowship of the kingdom there shall be neither Jew nor gentile, rich nor poor, free nor bond, man nor woman. You also are called to publish the good news of the liberty of mankind through the gospel of sonship with God in the kingdom of heaven. Go to all the world proclaiming this gospel and confirming believers in the faith thereof. And while you do this, forget not to minister to the sick and strengthen those who are fainthearted and fear-ridden. And I will be with you always, even to the ends of the earth.” (2033.1)190:3.1
 

From Wikipedia:

 

The most familiar version of the Great Commission is depicted in Matthew 28:16–20,

 

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshiped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Other versions of the Great Commission are found in Mark 16:14–18, Luke 24:44–49, Acts 1:4–8, and John 20:19–23. In Luke, Jesus tells the disciples to preach repentance and forgiveness, and promises that they will have divine power. In John, Jesus says the disciples will have the Holy Spirit and the authority to forgive sins and to withhold forgiveness. In Acts, Jesus promises the disciples that the Holy Spirit will inspire them.

 

All these passages are composed as words of Christ spoken after his resurrection. According to some critics, in Mark Jesus never speaks with his disciples after his resurrection. They argue that the original Gospel of Mark ends at verse Mark 16:8 with the women leaving the tomb (see Mark 16).

 

The call to go into the world in Matthew 28 is prefaced a mere four chapters earlier when Jesus states that the Gospel message will be heard by representatives of all nations, at which time the end will come. This is accented in Revelation when the Apostle John sees members of every tongue and nation gathered around the throne of God.

 

 

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In tomorrow’s reading, Section 4. Appearance to the Greeks, the resurrected form of Jesus is seen at the home of Flavius. Here he gives 40 more humans the Great Commission. And the Midwayers report on Jesus' thinking, about when he will appear to his apostles.

 

Overview of: Paper 190 MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS


1. Heralds of the Resurrection
2. Jesus’ Appearance at Bethany

3. At the Home of Joseph

4. Appearance to the Greeks

5. The Walk with Two Brothers

 

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 21 October 2014 - 04:20 AM


Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

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Paper 190 - MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS

 

4. Appearance to the Greeks

 

   About half past four o’clock, at the home of one Flavius, the Master made his sixth morontia appearance to some forty Greek believers there assembled. While they were engaged in discussing the reports of the Master’s resurrection, he manifested himself in their midst, notwithstanding that the doors were securely fastened, and speaking to them, said: “Peace be upon you. While the Son of Man appeared on earth among the Jews, he came to minister to all men. In the kingdom of my Father there shall be neither Jew nor gentile; you will all be brethren — the sons of God. Go you, therefore, to all the world, proclaiming this gospel of salvation as you have received it from the ambassadors of the kingdom, and I will fellowship you in the brotherhood of the Father’s sons of faith and truth.” And when he had thus charged them, he took leave, and they saw him no more. They remained within the house all evening; they were too much overcome with awe and fear to venture forth. Neither did any of these Greeks sleep that night; they stayed awake discussing these things and hoping that the Master might again visit them. Among this group were many of the Greeks who were at Gethsemane when the soldiers arrested Jesus and Judas betrayed him with a kiss.

 

(2034.1)190:4.2 Rumors of Jesus’ resurrection and reports concerning the many appearances to his followers are spreading rapidly, and the whole city is being wrought up to a high pitch of excitement. Already the Master has appeared to his family, to the women, and to the Greeks, and presently he manifests himself in the midst of the apostles. The Sanhedrin is soon to begin the consideration of these new problems which have been so suddenly thrust upon the Jewish rulers. Jesus thinks much about his apostles but desires that they be left alone for a few more hours of solemn reflection and thoughtful consideration before he visits them.

 

 

 

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 04:52 AM


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The majority of his appearances begin with "Peace be upon you" (mostly he uses the phrase to begin his message to groups, not individuals). This is an appearance list (linked to text), excluding the first four (with Mary and the four women, only Mary, only James, and the twenty at Bethany with David):
 


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The name Flavius, cited in today's OPAD, is mentioned in eight paragraphs, the other seven are all in Paper 142, beginning with:


...THE month of April Jesus and the apostles worked in Jerusalem, going out of the city each evening to spend the night at Bethany. Jesus himself spent one or two nights each week in Jerusalem at the home of Flavius, a Greek Jew, where many prominent Jews came in secret to interview him.... (1596.1)142:0.1

 

But I'm not totally certain he is the same Flavius in today's reading, but it seems very likely:
 

...About half past four o’clock, at the home of one Flavius, the Master made his sixth morontia appearance.... (2033.4)190:4.1
 

Obviously, with this appearance, he wanted to firm up the Greeks' belief and ensure they understand the Gospel message is also for gentiles:

 

...While the Son of Man appeared on earth among the Jews, he came to minister to all men. In the kingdom of my Father there shall be neither Jew nor gentile; you will all be brethren — the sons of God.... (2033.4)190:4.1

 

And these Greeks, like the women before them, also receive the "Great Commission":

 

"...Go you, therefore, to all the world, proclaiming this gospel of salvation as you have received it from the ambassadors of the kingdom...." (2033.4)190:4.1

 

 

 

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The Gospel record has many verses about resurrection appearances. From Wikipedia:


 

Appearances reported in the gospels Matthew 28

Luke 24

  • In the Road to Emmaus appearance to Cleopas and one other disciple as they walked to Emmaus. At first "their eyes were holden" so that they could not recognize him. Later while having supper at Emmaus "their eyes were opened" and they recognized him.

  • To "Simon." This appearance is not described directly by Luke but it is reported by the other apostles. It is not clear whether this happened before or after the appearance at Emmaus.

  • To the eleven, together with some others (including Cleopas and his companion), in Jerusalem.

In Luke 24:13-32 Cleopas and his companion relate how Jesus was made known to them "in the breaking of bread". B. P. Robinson argues that this means the recognition occurred in the course of the meal, but Raymond Blacketer notes that "Many, perhaps even most, commentators, ancient and modern and in-between, have seen the revelation of Jesus' identity in the breaking of bread as having some kind of eucharistic referent or implication."

 

John 20–21

Mark 16

 

The so-called "longer ending of Mark" contains three appearances:

  • To Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome.

  • To two of Jesus's followers as they were walking in the countryside (Jesus appeared to them in "another form").

  • To the eleven while they were dining.

The ending of Mark varies substantially between ancient manuscripts, and scholars are in near universal agreement that the final portion of the traditional ending, in which all Mark's resurrection appearances occur, is a later addition not present in the original version of Mark's gospel. Most scholars view the lack of a resurrection appearance as having theological significance. Richard Burridge compares the ending of Mark to its beginning:

 

“Mark's narrative as we have it now ends as abruptly as it began. There was no introduction or background to Jesus' arrival, and none for his departure. No one knew where he came from; no one knows where he has gone; and not many understood him when he was here."

 

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Now this is interesting, in the last line of today's reading the Midwayers infer they have insight into the thoughts of the morontia Jesus:
 

...Jesus thinks much about his apostles but desires that they be left alone for a few more hours of solemn reflection and thoughtful consideration before he visits them.... (2034.1)190:4.2
 

Did they somehow perceive his thoughts, or were they informed of their content later by a higher being?

 

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In tomorrow’s reading, Section 5. The Walk with Two Brothers, Jesus makes one of his most curious and disconnected appearances, before a pair never revealed before.

 

Overview of: Paper 190 MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS


1. Heralds of the Resurrection
2. Jesus’ Appearance at Bethany

3. At the Home of Joseph

4. Appearance to the Greeks

5. The Walk with Two Brothers

 

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

 

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 04:35 AM


Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

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Paper 190 - MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS

 

5. The Walk with Two Brothers

 

   At Emmaus, about seven miles west of Jerusalem, there lived two brothers, shepherds, who had spent the Passover week in Jerusalem attending upon the sacrifices, ceremonials, and feasts. Cleopas, the elder, was a partial believer in Jesus; at least he had been cast out of the synagogue. His brother, Jacob, was not a believer, although he was much intrigued by what he had heard about the Master’s teachings and works.

 

(2034.3)190:5.2 On this Sunday afternoon, about three miles out of Jerusalem and a few minutes before five o’clock, as these two brothers trudged along the road to Emmaus, they talked in great earnestness about Jesus, his teachings, work, and more especially concerning the rumors that his tomb was empty, and that certain of the women had talked with him. Cleopas was half a mind to believe these reports, but Jacob was insistent that the whole affair was probably a fraud. While they thus argued and debated as they made their way toward home, the morontia manifestation of Jesus, his seventh appearance, came alongside them as they journeyed on. Cleopas had often heard Jesus teach and had eaten with him at the homes of Jerusalem believers on several occasions. But he did not recognize the Master even when he spoke freely with them.

 

(2034.4)190:5.3 After walking a short way with them, Jesus said: “What were the words you exchanged so earnestly as I came upon you?” And when Jesus had spoken, they stood still and viewed him with sad surprise. Said Cleopas: “Can it be that you sojourn in Jerusalem and know not the things which have recently happened?” Then asked the Master, “What things?” Cleopas replied: “If you do not know about these matters, you are the only one in Jerusalem who has not heard these rumors concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in word and in deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to the Romans and demanded that they crucify him. Now many of us had hoped that it was he who would deliver Israel from the yoke of the gentiles. But that is not all. It is now the third day since he was crucified, and certain women have this day amazed us by declaring that very early this morning they went to his tomb and found it empty. And these same women insist that they talked with this man; they maintain that he has risen from the dead. And when the women reported this to the men, two of his apostles ran to the tomb and likewise found it empty” — and here Jacob interrupted his brother to say, “but they did not see Jesus.”

 

(2035.1)190:5.4 As they walked along, Jesus said to them: “How slow you are to comprehend the truth! When you tell me that it is about the teachings and work of this man that you have your discussions, then may I enlighten you since I am more than familiar with these teachings. Do you not remember that this Jesus always taught that his kingdom was not of this world, and that all men, being the sons of God, should find liberty and freedom in the spiritual joy of the fellowship of the brotherhood of loving service in this new kingdom of the truth of the heavenly Father’s love? Do you not recall how this Son of Man proclaimed the salvation of God for all men, ministering to the sick and afflicted and setting free those who were bound by fear and enslaved by evil? Do you not know that this man of Nazareth told his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, be delivered up to his enemies, who would put him to death, and that he would arise on the third day? Have you not been told all this? And have you never read in the Scriptures concerning this day of salvation for Jew and gentile, where it says that in him shall all the families of the earth be blessed; that he will hear the cry of the needy and save the souls of the poor who seek him; that all nations shall call him blessed? That such a Deliverer shall be as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. That he will feed the flock like a true shepherd, gathering the lambs in his arms and tenderly carrying them in his bosom. That he will open the eyes of the spiritually blind and bring the prisoners of despair out into full liberty and light; that all who sit in darkness shall see the great light of eternal salvation. That he will bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives of sin, and open up the prison to those who are enslaved by fear and bound by evil. That he will comfort those who mourn and bestow upon them the joy of salvation in the place of sorrow and heaviness. That he shall be the desire of all nations and the everlasting joy of those who seek righteousness. That this Son of truth and righteousness shall rise upon the world with healing light and saving power; even that he will save his people from their sins; that he will really seek and save those who are lost. That he will not destroy the weak but minister salvation to all who hunger and thirst for righteousness. That those who believe in him shall have eternal life. That he will pour out his spirit upon all flesh, and that this Spirit of Truth shall be in each believer a well of water, springing up into everlasting life. Did you not understand how great was the gospel of the kingdom which this man delivered to you? Do you not perceive how great a salvation has come upon you?”

 

(2035.2)190:5.5 By this time they had come near to the village where these brothers dwelt. Not a word had these two men spoken since Jesus began to teach them as they walked along the way. Soon they drew up in front of their humble dwelling place, and Jesus was about to take leave of them, going on down the road, but they constrained him to come in and abide with them. They insisted that it was near nightfall, and that he tarry with them. Finally Jesus consented, and very soon after they went into the house, they sat down to eat. They gave him the bread to bless, and as he began to break and hand to them, their eyes were opened, and Cleopas recognized that their guest was the Master himself. And when he said, “It is the Master —,” the morontia Jesus vanished from their sight.

 

(2036.1)190:5.6 And then they said, the one to the other, “No wonder our hearts burned within us as he spoke to us while we walked along the road! and while he opened up to our understanding the teachings of the Scriptures!”

 

(2036.2)190:5.7 They would not stop to eat. They had seen the morontia Master, and they rushed from the house, hastening back to Jerusalem to spread the good news of the risen Savior.

 

(2036.3)190:5.8 About nine o’clock that evening and just before the Master appeared to the ten, these two excited brothers broke in upon the apostles in the upper chamber, declaring that they had seen Jesus and talked with him. And they told all that Jesus had said to them and how they had not discerned who he was until the time of the breaking of the bread.

 

 

 

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

 

This encounter on the road to Emmaus raises many questions. Why did Jesus choose to appear to these two who have never before been taught by him or his apostles, or even mentioned. Only one of them was a believer, and neither had ever met Jesus.

 

How did the brothers find the apostles hidden away at John Mark's upper room when no one knew where they were? Why did Mark let them thru the "barred doors"? And why couldn't the Sanhedrin also find them?

 

Religious history has labeled these two, "the Emmaus Brothers". From Wikipedia:
 

Emmaus was an ancient town located approximately 7 miles (11 km) northwest of present day Jerusalem. The New Testament reports that Jesus appeared before two of his followers on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection.

 

The Gospel of Luke, at Luke 24:13-35, records that Jesus appeared to two disciples who were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus...One of the disciples is named as Cleopas in verse 18, while his companion remains unnamed.

 

The Gospel places the story on the evening of the day of Jesus' resurrection. The two disciples have heard the tomb of Jesus was found empty earlier that day. They are discussing the events of the past few days when a stranger asks them what they are discussing. "Their eyes were kept from recognizing him." He soon rebukes them for their unbelief and gives them a Bible study on prophecies about the Messiah. On reaching Emmaus, they ask the stranger to join them for the evening meal. When he breaks the bread "their eyes were opened" and they recognize him as the resurrected Jesus. Jesus immediately vanishes. Cleopas and his friend then hasten back to Jerusalem to carry the news to the other disciples, and arrive in time to proclaim to the eleven who were gathered together with others that Jesus truly is alive. While describing the events, Jesus appeared again to all who were there, giving them a commission to evangelize. Then he took them out as far as Bethany and blessed them before ascending back into heaven.

 

A similar event is mentioned in the Gospel of Mark (Mark 16:12) although the disciples' destination is not stated. This passage is believed by some to be a late addition derived from the gospel of Luke. The incident is not mentioned in the gospels of either Matthew or John, or in the list of witnesses to the Resurrection given in 1 Corinthians 15.


 

But the Midwayers do give us the name of the other brother, Jacob. This is such a curious appearance, these two are never cited before or after the day of resurrection, in the Bible or the UB. Presumably they became disciples and took up the "Great Commission".

 

The New Testament record is spotty. There is but one verse in Mark, chapter 16:
 

12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
 

But Luke, chapter 24, has a much more complete account:

 

13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.

14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;

23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.

24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them...

 

 

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Two Renaissance depictions of the encounter with the Emmaus brothers, 19th and 17 century, respectively:

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Thus ends Paper 190. Tomorrow’s reading is the introduction to Paper 191, Appearances to the Apostles and Other Leaders, in which the Midwayers give a report on the state of mind of each of the apostles during "resurrection Sunday".

 

Overview of: Paper 190 MORONTIA APPEARANCES OF JESUS


1. Heralds of the Resurrection
2. Jesus’ Appearance at Bethany

3. At the Home of Joseph

4. Appearance to the Greeks

5. The Walk with Two Brothers

 

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 190: (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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