The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 140: Section 2.
Jesus now instructed the twelve mortals who had just listened to his declaration
concerning the kingdom to kneel in a circle about him. Then the Master placed
his hands upon the head of each apostle, beginning with Judas Iscariot and ending
with Andrew. When he had blessed them, he extended his hands and prayed:
"My Father, I now bring to you these men, my messengers. From among our children
on earth I have chosen these twelve to go forth to represent me as I came forth
to represent you. Love them and be with them as you have loved and been with
me. And now, my Father, give these men wisdom as I place all the affairs of
the coming kingdom in their hands. And I would, if it is your will, tarry on
earth a time to help them in their labors for the kingdom. And again, my Father,
I thank you for these men, and I commit them to your keeping while I go on to
finish the work you have given me to do."
When Jesus had finished praying, the apostles remained each man bowed in his
place. And it was many minutes before even Peter dared lift up his eyes to look
upon the Master. One by one they embraced Jesus, but no man said aught. A great
silence pervaded the place while a host of celestial beings looked down upon
this solemn and sacred scene -- the Creator of a universe placing the affairs
of the divine brotherhood of man under the direction of human minds.