The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 140: Section 7.
The Week Following The Ordination
After a few hours' sleep, when the twelve were assembled for a late breakfast
with Jesus, he said: "Now must you begin your work of preaching the glad tidings
and instructing believers. Make ready to go to Jerusalem." After Jesus had spoken,
Thomas mustered up courage to say: "I know, Master, that we should now be ready
to enter upon the work, but I fear we are not yet able to accomplish this great
undertaking. Would you consent for us to stay hereabouts for just a few days
more before we begin the work of the kingdom?" And when Jesus saw that all of
his apostles were possessed by this same fear, he said: "It shall be as you
have requested; we will remain here over the Sabbath day."
For weeks and weeks small groups of earnest truth seekers, together with curious
spectators, had been coming to Bethsaida to see Jesus. Already word about
him had spread over the countryside; inquiring groups had come from cities
as far away as Tyre, Sidon, Damascus, Caesarea, and Jerusalem. Heretofore,
Jesus had greeted these people and taught them concerning the kingdom, but
the Master now turned this work over to the twelve. Andrew would select one
of the apostles and assign him to a group of visitors, and sometimes all twelve
of them were so engaged.
For two days they worked, teaching by day and holding private conferences
late into the night. On the third day Jesus visited with Zebedee and Salome
while he sent his apostles off to "go fishing, seek carefree change, or perchance
visit your families." On Thursday they returned for three more days of teaching.
During this week of rehearsing, Jesus many times repeated to his apostles
the two great motives of his postbaptismal mission on earth:
- To reveal the Father to man.
- To lead men to become son-conscious -- to
faith-realize that they are
the children of the Most High.
One week of this varied experience did much for the twelve; some even became
over self-confident. At the last conference, the night after the Sabbath, Peter
and James came to Jesus, saying, "We are ready -- let us now go forth to take
the kingdom." To which Jesus replied, "May your wisdom equal your zeal and your
courage atone for your ignorance."
Though the apostles failed to comprehend much of his teaching, they did not
fail to grasp the significance of the charmingly beautiful life he lived with