124:5.1 In this year the lad of
passed from boyhood to the beginning of young manhood; his voice began to change, and other features of mind and body gave evidence of the oncoming status of manhood.
124:5.3 It was about the middle of February that Jesus became humanly assured that he was destined to perform a mission on earth for the enlightenment of man and the
of God. Momentous decisions, coupled with far-reaching plans, were formulating in the mind of this youth, who was, to outward appearances, an average
lad of Nazareth. The intelligent life of all Nebadon looked on with fascination and amazement as all this began to unfold in the thinking and acting of the now adolescent carpenter's son.
124:6.15 On the
day before the Passover Sabbath, flood tides of spiritual illumination swept
through the mortal mind of Jesus and filled his human heart to overflowing with
affectionate pity for the spiritually blind and morally ignorant multitudes assembled for
the celebration of the ancient Passover commemoration. This was one of the most
extraordinary days that the Son of God spent in the flesh; and during the night, for the
first time in his earth career, there appeared to him an assigned messenger from
Salvington, commissioned by Immanuel, who said: "The hour has come. It is time that you
began to be about your Father's business."
124:6.16 And so, even ere the
heavy responsibilities of the Nazareth family descended upon his youthful
shoulders, there now arrived the celestial messenger to remind this lad, not quite
thirteen years of age, that the hour had come to begin the resumption of the
responsibilities of a universe. This was the first act of a long succession of events
which finally culminated in the completion of the Son's bestowal on Urantia and the
replacing of "the government of a universe on his human-divine shoulders."
124:6.17 As time passed, the
mystery of the incarnation became, to all of us, more and more unfathomable. We could
hardly comprehend that this lad of Nazareth was the creator of all Nebadon. Neither
do we nowadays understand how the spirit of this same Creator Son and the spirit of his
Paradise Father are associated with the souls of mankind. With the passing of time, we could see that his human
mind was increasingly discerning that, while he lived his life in the flesh, in spirit on
his shoulders rested the responsibility of a universe.
ends the career of the Nazareth lad, and begins the narrative of that adolescent youth—
the increasingly self-conscious divine human—who now begins the contemplation of his world
career as he strives to integrate his expanding life purpose with the desires of his
parents and his obligations to his family and the society of his day and age.
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