Thanks so much for your question to us here at TruthBook.
The words "Messiah" and "deliverer" appear together in The Urantia
Book over 30 times, but this one passage really is the answer to your
question. Both terms are used interchangeably in certain passages, so I
think it's safe to say that in the Jewish minds of the day, there was no
particular distinction for them, but here we see the distinction:
122:4.2 In all these visitations
nothing was said about the house of David. Nothing was ever intimated
about Jesus' becoming a "deliverer of the Jews," not even that he was to
be the long-expected Messiah. Jesus was not such a Messiah as the Jews had
anticipated, but he was the world's deliverer. His mission was to all
races and peoples, not to any one group.
The Messiah is a Jewish concept and one whose fulfillment is still in
question by the Jews; Jesus reluctantly took on that role during his
bestowal mission, although not to their liking. The Messiah was to deliver
the Jewish peoples (and only the Jewish peoples) from their age-long
oppressions. You may recall that, even though he did not really intend to
embody that concept, he did finally stop refusing it because his apostles
and others were so determined to fit him into that role.
Neither the deliverer or the Messiah were thought to be divine beings
by the Jews, but after Peter's confession of Jesus' divinity, Jesus tried
to fit this new understanding of his combined divine/human nature into
these concepts for his apostles' understanding, but the fact remains that
he was NOT the Messiah as they expected.
157:5.3 For three years Jesus had been
proclaiming that he was the "Son of Man," while for these same three years
the apostles had been increasingly insistent that he was the expected
Jewish Messiah. He now disclosed that he was the Son of God, and upon the
concept of the combined nature of the Son of Man and the Son of God, he
determined to build the kingdom of heaven. He had decided to refrain from
further efforts to convince them that he was not the Messiah. He now
proposed boldly to reveal to them what he is, and then to ignore their
determination to persist in regarding him as the Messiah.
And at an even earlier time:
137:5.3 That night Jesus did not
sleep. Donning his evening wraps, he sat out on the lake shore thinking,
thinking until the dawn of the next day. In the long hours of that night
of meditation Jesus came clearly to comprehend that he never would be able
to make his followers see him in any other light than as the long-expected
Messiah. At last he recognized that there was no way to launch his message
of the kingdom except as the fulfillment of John's prediction and as the
one for whom the Jews were looking. After all, though he was not the
Davidic type of Messiah, he was truly the fulfillment of the prophetic
utterances of the more spiritually minded of the olden seers. Never again
did he wholly deny that he was the Messiah. He decided to leave the final
untangling of this complicated situation to the outworking of the Father's
But returning to that first quote above, I think we can take the
revelators' statement literally and try to adopt this idea of Jesus as
Deliverer for the whole universe - a Deliverer from sin, from error, from
spiritual darkness, from the idea of racial religion, from crystallized
truth, from iron-clad traditionalism, and false ideas about the nature of
God. Jesus stands above any traditional or racial understanding and his
bestowal transcends any such narrow thinking ... even narrow planetary
thinking about his coming only for our world.
Again, I want to thank you for sending this question to us and I hope
that this reply is helpful to you. We are here to help as we can, and
really appreciate that you are involved and interested in The Urantia
Book as we are.