The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 141: Section 8.
Working In Jericho
Throughout the four weeks' sojourn at Bethany beyond Jordan, several times each
week Andrew would assign apostolic couples to go up to Jericho for a day or
two. John had many believers in Jericho, and the majority of them welcomed the
more advanced teachings of Jesus and his apostles. On these Jericho visits the
apostles began more specifically to carry out Jesus' instructions to minister
to the sick; they visited every house in the city and sought to comfort every
The apostles did some public work in Jericho, but their efforts were chiefly
of a more quiet and personal nature. They now made the discovery that the good
news of the kingdom was very comforting to the sick; that their message carried
healing for the afflicted. And it was in Jericho that Jesus' commission to the
twelve to preach the glad tidings of the kingdom and minister to the afflicted
was first fully carried into effect.
They stopped in Jericho on the way up to Jerusalem and were overtaken by a delegation
from Mesopotamia that had come to confer with Jesus. The apostles had planned
to spend but a day here, but when these truth seekers from the East arrived,
Jesus spent three days with them, and they returned to their various homes along
the Euphrates happy in the knowledge of the new truths of the kingdom of heaven.