The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 146: Section 5.
Back In Cana
The apostolic party was greatly cheered when Jesus announced, "Tomorrow we go
to Cana." They knew they would have a sympathetic hearing at Cana, for Jesus
was well known there. They were doing well with their work of bringing people
into the kingdom when, on the third day, there arrived in Cana a certain prominent
citizen of Capernaum, Titus, who was a partial believer, and whose son was critically
ill. He heard that Jesus was at Cana; so he hastened over to see him. The believers
at Capernaum thought Jesus could heal any sickness.
When this nobleman had located Jesus in Cana, he besought him to hurry over
to Capernaum and heal his afflicted son. While the apostles stood by in breathless
expectancy, Jesus, looking at the father of the sick boy, said: "How long shall
I bear with you? The power of God is in your midst, but except you see signs
and behold wonders, you refuse to believe." But the nobleman pleaded with Jesus,
saying: "My Lord, I do believe, but come ere my child perishes, for when I left
him he was even then at the point of death." And when Jesus had bowed his head
a moment in silent meditation, he suddenly spoke, "Return to your home; your
son will live." Titus believed the word of Jesus and hastened back to Capernaum.
And as he was returning, his servants came out to meet him, saying, "Rejoice,
for your son is improved -- he lives." Then Titus inquired of them at what hour
the boy began to mend, and when the servants answered "yesterday about the seventh
hour the fever left him," the father recalled that it was about that hour when
Jesus had said, "Your son will live." And Titus henceforth believed with a whole
heart, and all his family also believed. This son became a mighty minister of
the kingdom and later yielded up his life with those who suffered in Rome. Though
the entire household of Titus, their friends, and even the apostles regarded
this episode as a miracle, it was not. At least this was not a miracle of curing
physical disease. It was merely a case of preknowledge concerning the course
of natural law, just such knowledge as Jesus frequently resorted to subsequent
to his baptism.
Again was Jesus compelled to hasten away from Cana because of the undue attention
attracted by the second episode of this sort to attend his ministry in this
village. The townspeople remembered the water and the wine, and now that he
was supposed to have healed the nobleman's son at so great a distance, they
came to him, not only bringing the sick and afflicted but also sending messengers
requesting that he heal sufferers at a distance. And when Jesus saw that the
whole countryside was aroused, he said, "Let us go to Nain."