The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 134: Section 2.
The Caravan Trip To The Caspian
It was the first of April, A.D. 24, when Jesus left Nazareth
on the caravan trip to the Caspian Sea region. The caravan which Jesus joined
as its conductor was going from Jerusalem by way of Damascus and Lake Urmia
through Assyria, Media, and Parthia to the southeastern Caspian Sea region.
It was a full year before he returned from this journey.
For Jesus this caravan trip was another adventure of exploration and personal
ministry. He had an interesting experience with his caravan family -- passengers,
guards, and camel
drivers. Scores of men, women, and children residing along
the route followed by the caravan lived richer lives as a result of their contact
with Jesus, to them, the extraordinary conductor of a commonplace caravan. Not
all who enjoyed these occasions of his personal ministry profited thereby, but
the vast majority of those who met and talked with him were made better for
the remainder of their natural lives.
Of all his world travels this Caspian Sea trip carried Jesus nearest to the
Orient and enabled him to gain a better understanding of the Far-Eastern peoples.
He made intimate and personal contact with every one of the surviving races
of Urantia excepting the red. He equally enjoyed his personal ministry to each
of these varied races and blended peoples, and all of them were receptive to
the living truth which he brought them. The
Europeans from the Far West and
Asiatics from the Far East alike gave attention to his words of hope and
eternal life and were equally influenced by the life of loving service and spiritual
ministry which he so graciously lived among them.
The caravan trip was successful in every way. This was a most interesting
episode in the human life of Jesus, for he functioned during this year in
an executive capacity, being responsible for the material intrusted to his
charge and for the safe conduct of the travelers making up the caravan party.
And he most faithfully, efficiently, and wisely discharged his multiple duties.
On the return from the Caspian region, Jesus gave up the direction of the
caravan at Lake Urmia, where he tarried for slightly over two weeks. He returned
as a passenger with a later caravan to Damascus, where the owners of the camels
besought him to remain in their service. Declining this offer, he journeyed
on with the caravan train to Capernaum, arriving the first of April, A.D.
25. No longer did he regard Nazareth as his home. Capernaum had become the
home of Jesus, James, Mary, and Ruth. But Jesus never again lived with his
family; when in Capernaum he made his home with the