The Urantia Book-- Part IV. The Life And Teachings
PAPER 141: Section 1.
Capernaum was not far from Tiberias, and the fame of Jesus had begun to spread
well over all of Galilee and even to parts beyond. Jesus knew that Herod would
soon begin to take notice of his work; so he thought best to journey south and
into Judea with his apostles. A company of over one hundred believers desired
to go with them, but Jesus spoke to them and besought them not to accompany
the apostolic group on their way down the Jordan. Though they consented to remain
behind, many of them followed after the Master within a few days.
The first day Jesus and the apostles only journeyed as far as Tarichea, where
they rested for the night. The next day they traveled to a point on the Jordan
near Pella where John had preached about one year before, and where Jesus had
received baptism. Here they tarried for more than two weeks, teaching and preaching.
By the end of the first week several hundred people had assembled in a camp
near where Jesus and the twelve dwelt, and they had come from Galilee, Phoenicia,
Syria, the Decapolis, Perea, and Judea.
Jesus did no public preaching. Andrew divided the multitude and assigned the
preachers for the forenoon and afternoon assemblies; after the evening meal
Jesus talked with the twelve. He taught them nothing new but reviewed his former
teaching and answered their many questions. On one of these evenings he told
the twelve something about the forty days which he spent in the hills near this
Many of those who came from Perea and Judea had been baptized by John and were
interested in finding out more about Jesus' teachings. The apostles made much
progress in teaching the disciples of John inasmuch as they did not in any way
detract from John's preaching, and since they did not at this time even baptize
their new disciples. But it was always a stumbling stone to John's followers
that Jesus, if he were all that John had announced, did nothing to get him out
of prison. John's disciples never could understand why Jesus did not prevent
the cruel death of their beloved leader.
From night to night Andrew carefully instructed his fellow apostles in the delicate
and difficult task of getting along smoothly with the followers of John the
Baptist. During this first year of Jesus' public ministry more than three fourths
of his followers had previously followed John and had received his baptism.
This entire year of A.D. 27 was spent in quietly taking over
John's work in Perea and Judea.