The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 147: Section 2.
The Journey To Jerusalem
Early on the morning of Tuesday, March 30, Jesus and the apostolic party started
on their journey to Jerusalem for the Passover, going by the route of the Jordan
valley. They arrived on the afternoon of Friday, April 2, and established their
headquarters, as usual, at Bethany. Passing through Jericho, they paused to
rest while Judas made a deposit of some of their common funds in the bank of
a friend of his family. This was the first time Judas had carried a surplus
of money, and this deposit was left undisturbed until they passed through Jericho
again when on that last and eventful journey to Jerusalem just before the trial
and death of Jesus.
The party had an uneventful trip to Jerusalem, but they had hardly got themselves
settled at Bethany when from near and far those seeking healing for their bodies,
comfort for troubled minds, and salvation for their souls, began to congregate,
so much so that Jesus had little time for rest. Therefore they pitched tents
at Gethsemane, and the Master would go back and forth from Bethany to Gethsemane
to avoid the crowds which so constantly thronged him. The apostolic party spent
almost three weeks at Jerusalem, but Jesus enjoined them to do no public preaching,
only private teaching and personal work.
At Bethany they quietly celebrated the Passover. And this was the first time
that Jesus and all of the twelve partook of the bloodless Passover feast. The
apostles of John did not eat the Passover with Jesus and his apostles; they
celebrated the feast with Abner and many of the early believers in John's preaching.
This was the second Passover Jesus had observed with his apostles in Jerusalem.
When Jesus and the twelve departed for Capernaum, the apostles of John did not
return with them. Under the direction of Abner they remained in Jerusalem and
the surrounding country, quietly laboring for the extension of the kingdom,
while Jesus and the twelve returned to work in Galilee. Never again were the
twenty-four all together until a short time before the
commissioning and sending
forth of the seventy evangelists. But the two groups were co-operative, and
notwithstanding their differences of opinion, the best of feelings prevailed.