What Really Happened in the Tomb?
After the death of Jesus on the cross, and before the resurrection, there is nothing known of record as to what activities happened in Joseph’s new tomb where they laid Jesus’ body to rest. The Urantia Book reveals, in part, one of the most mysterious secrets about our beloved Jesus and what transpired on that one Sunday morning, April 9, 30 A.D. at 2:45am.
As Jesus lay in the tomb, his body wrapped in bandages and covered with a burial cloth, seven Paradise personalities from the Paradise incarnation commission descended from on high and deployed themselves about the tomb. Within minutes, strange morontia activities and intense vibrations were emitting from the interior of the tomb. What this means, we do not know.
At 3:02am, this amazing Sunday morning, Jesus resurrected in his morontia form and the personality of Jesus was released from the bonds of his torn, bruised, and badly abused material body. The celestial observers were greatly relieved when they saw the resurrected Jesus suddenly appear above the tomb immediately at the side of Gabriel, the Bright and Morning Star of Nebadon. As suddenly did they appear, the seven Paradise personalities, departed the scene at the tomb.
189.1.1 “At two forty-five Sunday morning, the Paradise incarnation commission, consisting of seven unidentified Paradise personalities, arrived on the scene and immediately deployed themselves about the tomb. At ten minutes before three, intense vibrations of commingled material and morontia activities began to issue from Joseph’s new tomb, and at two minutes past three o’clock, this Sunday morning, April 9, A.D. 30, the resurrected morontia form and personality of Jesus of Nazareth came forth from the tomb.“
Just as any Creator Son, Jesus “laid down his life of his own free will, he also had power to take it up again in accordance with his own determination.” These words of Gabriel to the concerned and watchful celestial hosts are all we know about what possibly happened in the tomb that one historical morning.
189:1.5 “We know that no creature of the local universe participated in this morontia awakening. We perceived the seven personalities of Paradise surround the tomb, but we did not see them do anything in connection with the Master’s awakening.”
Morontia is a term used in The Urantia Book that describes the substance between the material life and the spirit life. When we die our natural death, we progress onto the morontia worlds where our physical bodies become slightly more spiritual in nature at each successive transition. In each 570 morontia lifespans, our bodies become more and more spirit-like substance, and less material substance. “Matter is the skeleton of morontia, and that both are the reflected shadow of enduring spirit reality.”
Jesus’ material body and bandages lay undisturbed in the tomb. The huge rock rolled in front of the entrance stood undisturbed, and the guards heard nothing from within the tomb during that profound resurrection moment. Michael of Nebadon was finally free of his mortal bestowal as Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God and Son of Man.