The Caravan Conductor - A new painting inspired by The Urantia Book
What a transcendent service if, through this revelation, the Son of Man should be recovered from the tomb of traditional theology and be presented as the living Jesus to the church that bears his name, and to all other religions! (196:1.2)
What an awakening the world would experience if it could only see Jesus as he really lived on earth and know, firsthand, his life-giving teachings! (195:9.8)
In keeping with our desire to inform you of the latest progress at TruthBook, we want to share the good news about our most recently completed painting of Jesus as The Caravan Conductor. The painting is 28" by 40" and took the artist many months to capture the feeling of Jesus leading the camel caravan. This adds to the growing collection of paintings concerning Jesus' life story, as told by The Urantia Book and sometimes the New Testament. We look at this effort as a Visual Remembrance Supper of Michael's 7th Bestowal to his Universe, living the human life of Jesus of Nazareth.
This fine-art painting was created by Gerry Metz - a famous, museum collected - American Western artist. Gerry has created over 3,300 paintings, presently finishing 60 paintings depicting the expeditions of Lewis and Clark. The Caravan Conductor is his first painting of Jesus. He was chosen for his unique ability to paint nature's grandest panoramas, accurately capturing the rugged beauty of mountainous passages, herds of animals, and people. The valley you see in the painting is an actual location between the Caspian Sea and Urmia which might have been the route Jesus took.
As many of you are aware, Jesus held many jobs while living on earth. Being the chief executive of the camel caravan for a year was possibly his most unusual work experience. At that time, caravans were a common means of travel and transporting goods between distant cities. Caravan conductors needed the skills to get along with travelers, business owners, town managers, and natives along the route. What a fitting job for the Creator of the Universe of Nebadon!
Today, just as he did 2000 years ago, Jesus continues to guide us through the wilderness and into safe havens.
Here's the complete story of how Jesus became a caravan conductor, what the year-long trip was like, and how it ended:
The Thirtieth Year (A.D. 24)
About the time Jesus was preparing to leave Nazareth, the conductor of a large caravan which was passing through the city was taken violently ill, and Jesus, being a linguist, volunteered to take his place. Since this trip would necessitate his absence for a year, and inasmuch as all his brothers were married and his mother was living at home with Ruth, Jesus called a family conference at which he proposed that his mother and Ruth go to Capernaum to live in the home which he had so recently given to James. Accordingly, a few days after Jesus left with the caravan, Mary and Ruth moved to Capernaum, where they lived for the rest of Mary's life in the home that Jesus had provided. Joseph and his family moved into the old Nazareth home.
This was one of the more unusual years in the inner experience of the Son of Man; great progress was made in effecting working harmony between his human mind and the indwelling Adjuster. The Adjuster had been actively engaged in reorganizing the thinking and in rehearsing the mind for the great events which were in the not then distant future. The personality of Jesus was preparing for his great change in attitude toward the world. These were the in-between times, the transition stage of that being who began life as God appearing as man, and who was now making ready to complete his earth career as man appearing as God. (134:1.6)
The Caravan Trip to the Caspian
It was the first of April, A.D. 24, when Jesus left Nazareth on the caravan trip to the Caspian Sea region. The caravan which Jesus joined as its conductor was going from Jerusalem by way of Damascus and Lake Urmia through Assyria, Media, and Parthia to the southeastern Caspian Sea region. It was a full year before he returned from this journey.
For Jesus this caravan trip was another adventure of exploration and personal ministry. He had an interesting experience with his caravan family-passengers, guards, and camel drivers. Scores of men, women, and children residing along the route followed by the caravan lived richer lives as a result of their contact with Jesus, to them, the extraordinary conductor of a commonplace caravan. Not all who enjoyed these occasions of his personal ministry profited thereby, but the vast majority of those who met and talked with him were made better for the remainder of their natural lives.
Of all his world travels this Caspian Sea trip carried Jesus nearest to the Orient and enabled him to gain a better understanding of the Far-Eastern peoples. He made intimate and personal contact with every one of the surviving races of Urantia excepting the red. He equally enjoyed his personal ministry to each of these varied races and blended peoples, and all of them were receptive to the living truth which he brought them. The Europeans from the Far West and the Asiatics from the Far East alike gave attention to his words of hope and eternal life and were equally influenced by the life of loving service and spiritual ministry which he so graciously lived among them.
The caravan trip was successful in every way. This was a most interesting episode in the human life of Jesus, for he functioned during this year in an executive capacity, being responsible for the material intrusted to his charge and for the safe conduct of the travelers making up the caravan party. And he most faithfully, efficiently, and wisely discharged his multiple duties.
On the return from the Caspian region, Jesus gave up the direction of the caravan at Lake Urmia, where he tarried for slightly over two weeks. He returned as a passenger with a later caravan to Damascus, where the owners of the camels besought him to remain in their service. Declining this offer, he journeyed on with the caravan train to Capernaum, arriving the first of April, A.D. 25. No longer did he regard Nazareth as his home. Capernaum had become the home of Jesus, James, Mary, and Ruth. But Jesus never again lived with his family; when in Capernaum he made his home with the Zebedees. (134:2.1)
We sincerely hope that you will enjoy this latest painting of the Master. The story of his time as a caravan conductor is virtually unknown by the world as yet, and we hope you'll take this opportunity to share this beautiful image with your friends and family.
Your TruthBook Team