Thought for the weekend: Inside the mind of Jesus by Canon Walter Lewis in the Belfast Telegraph
I was drawn to this article simply on the strength of the title; turns out that it is a commentary on the savagery of Isis in Syria, as well as on the state of the poor in Britain - a plight that is shared by the poor everywhere these day, including here in America. The author cites the "feeding of the 5,000" by Jesus and suggests that by meditating on Jesus and how he acted in his world, we can glean powerful lessons on how to confront and change problems in our 21st century world. Here's an excerpt from the article about the miracle:
"At the time, Jesus was travelling extensively around Galilee. Great numbers of sick people were brought to him and were healed. Great multitudes, increasing in number, continued to follow him. Though tired and in need of rest, Jesus had compassion on them. He had time for them. Jesus healed great numbers. He fed great numbers. He showed love and compassion to all. He gave the people strength and purpose to face the future with confidence."
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We would certainly agree that studying the life and teachings of Jesus is the best way to educate ourselves on the way Jesus lived and how he acted. For Urantia Book readers, it's hard to imagine how very much can be gleaned from the scanty accounts in the Bible - although it can be done and is being done by those who rely solely on Scripture for their information about Jesus.
But imagine how much more can can be learned! Jesus lived a full life; he was baby, a toddler, a young child, an adolescent, and a young man before reaching his adulthood when he began his public ministry. All of these times of Jesus' life are chronicled and detailed in The Urantia Book.
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In this article cited above, that short paragraph about Jesus' feeding of the 5,000 is a good example of the kind of detail and "back story" that can be enjoyed through the revelation of The Urantia Book. Here's a snippet about that amazing event:
"Said Jesus: 'What shall we do with the multitude? They have been with us now three days, and many of them are hungry. They have no food.' Philip and Andrew exchanged glances, and then Philip answered: 'Master, you should send these people away so that they may go to the villages around about and buy themselves food.' And Andrew, fearing the materialization of the king plot, quickly joined with Philip, saying: 'Yes, Master, I think it best that you dismiss the multitude so that they may go their way and buy food while you secure rest for a season.' By this time others of the twelve had joined the conference. Then said Jesus: 'But I do not desire to send them away hungry; can you not feed them?' This was too much for Philip, and he spoke right up: 'Master, in this country place where can we buy bread for this multitude? Two hundred denarii worth would not be enough for lunch.'
"Before the apostles had an opportunity to express themselves, Jesus turned to Andrew and Philip, saying: 'I do not want to send these people away. Here they are, like sheep without a shepherd. I would like to feed them. What food have we with us?' While Philip was conversing with Matthew and Judas, Andrew sought out the Mark lad to ascertain how much was left of their store of provisions. He returned to Jesus, saying: 'The lad has left only five barley loaves and two dried fishes'—and Peter promptly added, 'We have yet to eat this evening.'
"For a moment Jesus stood in silence. There was a faraway look in his eyes. The apostles said nothing. Jesus turned suddenly to Andrew and said, 'Bring me the loaves and fishes.' And when Andrew had brought the basket to Jesus, the Master said: 'Direct the people to sit down on the grass in companies of one hundred and appoint a leader over each group while you bring all of the evangelists here with us.'
"Jesus took up the loaves in his hands, and after he had given thanks, he broke the bread and gave to his apostles, who passed it on to their associates, who in turn carried it to the multitude. Jesus in like manner broke and distributed the fishes. And this multitude did eat and were filled. And when they had finished eating, Jesus said to the disciples: 'Gather up the broken pieces that remain over so that nothing will be lost.' And when they had finished gathering up the fragments, they had twelve basketfuls. They who ate of this extraordinary feast numbered about five thousand men, women, and children
"And this is the first and only nature miracle which Jesus performed as a result of his conscious preplanning. It is true that his disciples were disposed to call many things miracles which were not, but this was a genuine supernatural ministration. In this case, so we were taught, Michael multiplied food elements as he always does except for the elimination of the time factor and the visible life channel.
"The feeding of the five thousand by supernatural energy was another of those cases where human pity plus creative power equaled that which happened."
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The operative word here is "pity." Jesus took pity on the multitude who had followed him and who hung on his every word. He desired that they be fed, and that desire, experienced and expressed by this divine Son of God was enough to create the miracle - the "first and only nature miracle which Jesus performed as a result of his conscious preplanning."
As the author of the article above states: "That is the model for you and me today. Have the mind of Jesus - the mind of love, care and compassion for people."
We could not agree more.
There's a good reason that the revelators advise us:
196:1.3 To "follow Jesus" means to personally share his religious faith and to enter into the spirit of the Master's life of unselfish service for man. One of the most important things in human living is to find out what Jesus believed, to discover his ideals, and to strive for the achievement of his exalted life purpose. Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.
Discover this knowledge of great value for yourself!
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