Jesus was baptized at the very height of John's
preaching when Palestine was aflame with the expectancy of his
message—"the kingdom of God is at hand"—when all
Jewry was engaged in serious and solemn self-examination. The
sense of racial solidarity was very profound. The Jews not only
believed that the sins of the father might afflict his children, but
they firmly believed that the sin of one individual might curse the
nation. Accordingly, not all who submitted to John's baptism regarded
themselves as being guilty of the specific sins which John denounced.
Many devout souls were baptized by John for the good of
feared lest some sin of ignorance on their part might delay the coming
They felt themselves to belong to a guilty and
sin-cursed nation, and they presented themselves for baptism that they
might by so doing manifest fruits of race penitence. It is therefore
evident that Jesus in no sense received John's baptism as a rite of
repentance or for the remission of sins. In accepting baptism at the
hands of John, Jesus was only following the example of many pious
When Jesus of Nazareth went down into the Jordan to be baptized, he was
a mortal of the realm who had attained the pinnacle of human
evolutionary ascension in all matters related to the conquest of mind
and to self-identification with the spirit. He stood in the Jordan that
day a perfected mortal of the evolutionary worlds of time and space.
Perfect synchrony and full communication had become established between
the mortal mind of Jesus and the indwelling spirit Adjuster, the divine
gift of his Father in Paradise. And just such an Adjuster indwells all
normal beings living on Urantia since the ascension of Michael to the
headship of his universe, except that Jesus' Adjuster had been
previously prepared for this special mission by similarly indwelling
another superhuman incarnated in the likeness of mortal flesh,
Ordinarily, when a mortal
of the realm attains such high levels of
personality perfection, there occur those preliminary phenomena of
spiritual elevation which terminate in eventual fusion of the matured
soul of the mortal with its associated divine Adjuster. And such a
change was apparently due to take place in the personality experience
of Jesus of Nazareth on that very day when he went down into the Jordan
with his two brothers to be baptized by John. This ceremony was the
final act of his purely human life on Urantia, and many superhuman
observers expected to witness the fusion of the Adjuster with its
indwelt mind, but they were all destined to suffer disappointment.
Something new and even greater occurred. As John laid his hands upon
Jesus to baptize him, the indwelling Adjuster took final leave of the
perfected human soul of Joshua ben Joseph. And in a few moments this
divine entity returned from Divinington as a Personalized Adjuster and
chief of his kind throughout the entire local universe of Nebadon. Thus
did Jesus observe his own former divine spirit descending on its return
to him in personalized form. And he heard this same spirit of Paradise
origin now speak, saying, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well
pleased." And John, with Jesus' two brothers, also heard these words.
John's disciples, standing by the water's edge, did not hear these
words, neither did they see the apparition of the Personalized
Adjuster. Only the eyes of Jesus beheld the Personalized Adjuster.
When the returned and now exalted Personalized Adjuster had thus
spoken, all was silence. And while the four of them tarried in the
water, Jesus, looking up to the near-by Adjuster, prayed: "My Father
who reigns in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come! Your
will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven." When he had prayed,
the "heavens were opened," and the Son of Man saw the vision, presented
by the now Personalized Adjuster, of himself as a Son of God as he was
before he came to earth in the likeness of mortal flesh, and as he
would be when the incarnated life should be finished. This heavenly
vision was seen only by Jesus.
It was the voice of the
Personalized Adjuster that John and Jesus
heard, speaking in behalf of the Universal Father, for the Adjuster is
of, and as, the Paradise Father. Throughout the remainder of Jesus'
earth life this Personalized Adjuster was associated with him in all
his labors; Jesus was in constant communion with this exalted Adjuster.
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