Far too often it seems that the world sees Jesus mainly as the Son of God; it's easy to forget that he was also the Son of man...a true human being. So, this article in the popular press: Jesus Experienced Human Emotions by Dr Fillmer Hevener seemed a good jumping-off point to blog about the humanity of Jesus using the teachings of The Urantia Book - and that blog begins below. I think this article will appeal to anyone who wants to know more about Jesus' humanity. Although we don't share the same philosophy as the author on some points, it is always good to be remined of some of Jesus' real commonality with us; here are a few snippets, and a crucial question that we'll try to answer:
"The New Testament tells us that Jesus was not only divine, but, also, human. That is, He experienced the same kinds of challenges that you and I experience daily. John 1:14 tells us that the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us.
"Why was it necessary for Jesus to take on the form of humanity? There are several possible reasons. First, He "walked in our shoes," knowing what it means to belong to the human race. Second, He was tempted in all ways as we are; therefore, He experienced the same type of temptations that you and I face each day. Third, He felt the pangs of death; unless we are living when Christ returns the second time, we shall all face the shadow of death, for death in this life is universal..."
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Why did Jesus become a human being?
This question is very important when trying to understand the incarnation of Jesus; traditional Christianity (the religion about Jesus) teaches that Jesus took on the form of humanity so that he could suffer and die for the sins of mankind - that his sufferings and death were the price that God required in order to atone for the consequences of the sin of Adam in the Garden - the "original" sin that was supposedly passed down to all human beings.
In The Urantia Book - a 21st century revelation to mankind - we discover a different reason that Jesus incarnated as a human being on our world; in Part IV of The Urantia Book - really, throughout all four parts of the book - we discover the true identity and the true mission of the man that the world knows and loves as Jesus of Nazareth.
One of the most sweeping revelations of The Urantia Book is the revelation of the true nature of God; the primary reason that Jesus came to our world was to reveal that divine nature to all mankind through the life he lived and the teachings that he gave to us. Jesus told us that he who has seen him has seen the Father; therefore, we can rightly judge the nature of God by studying the life of Jesus. In Jesus we see a loving, tolerant, forgiving person; a righteous personality whose sympathetic nature was always perfectly balanced with devotion and duty. Jesus was never vengeful; he was rarely even angry, and so we must not think those things of God.
What did Jesus say about why he came?
143:1.4 "I have come into this world to do the will of my Father and to reveal his loving character to all mankind. That, my brethren, is my mission. And this one thing I will do, regardless of the misunderstanding of my teachings by Jews or gentiles of this day or of another generation.
145:2.4 I have come, not to reveal the Father to the children of Israel, but rather to bring this knowledge of God and the revelation of his love and mercy to the individual believer as a genuine personal experience. The prophets have all taught you that Yahweh cares for his people, that God loves Israel. But I have come among you to proclaim a greater truth, one which many of the later prophets also grasped, that God loves you—every one of you—as individuals. All these generations have you had a national or racial religion; now have I come to give you a personal religion.
162:2.3 "I know the Father, for I have come from the Father to declare and reveal him to you."
149:6.5 "The power of God engenders fear in the heart of man, but the nobility and righteousness of his personality beget reverence, love, and willing worship. A dutiful and affectionate son does not fear or dread even a mighty and noble father. I have come into the world to put love in the place of fear, joy in the place of sorrow, confidence in the place of dread, loving service and appreciative worship in the place of slavish bondage and meaningless ceremonies.
Why else did Jesus come here?
Jesus, before he incarnated here, he was (and is still) known by his universe title: Christ Michael. He is a Creator Son of God - a Michael Son. He created the universe in which we live, which is called Nebadon. Our little world is a part of that creation, and it is called Urantia. In order to most fully appreciate and administer his creation, Creator Sons must undergo incarnation in the likeness of all creatures that inhabit that creation - this includes angelic and human creatures, and is a sevenfold process, ending with incarnation as a "man of the realm."
From The Urantia Book:
119:0.2 The attribute of bestowal is inherent in the Paradise Sons of the Universal Father. In their desire to come close to the life experiences of their subordinate living creatures, the various orders of the Paradise Sons are reflecting the divine nature of their Paradise parents.
119:0.4 The purpose of these creature incarnations is to enable such Creators to become wise, sympathetic, just, and understanding sovereigns. These divine Sons are innately just, but they become understandingly merciful as a result of these successive bestowal experiences; they are naturally merciful, but these experiences make them merciful in new and additional ways. These bestowals are the last steps in their education and training for the sublime tasks of ruling the local universes in divine righteousness and by just judgment.
119:0.7 The local universe of Nebadon is now ruled by a Creator Son who has completed his service of bestowal; he reigns in just and merciful supremacy over all the vast realms of his evolving and perfecting universe. Michael made ready for his first bestowal adventure about the time Urantia was taking on its present form, one billion years ago. His bestowals have occurred about one hundred and fifty million years apart, the last taking place on Urantia nineteen hundred years ago.
And that final bestowal was as Jesus of Nazareth.
To gain a glimpse of the vast scope of this bestowal processs, I include some commentary by the angelic beings who revealed these things to us through The Urantia Book:
119:7.2 The public announcement that Michael had selected Urantia as the theater for his final bestowal was made shortly after we learned about the default of Adam and Eve. And thus, for more than thirty-five thousand years, your world occupied a very conspicuous place in the councils of the entire universe. There was no secrecy (aside from the incarnation mystery) connected with any step in the Urantia bestowal. From first to last, up to the final and triumphant return of Michael to Salvington as supreme Universe Sovereign, there was the fullest universe publicity of all that transpired on your small but highly honored world.
119:7.3 While we believed that this would be the method, we never knew, until the time of the event itself, that Michael would appear on earth as a helpless infant of the realm. Theretofore had he always appeared as a fully developed individual of the personality group of the bestowal selection, and it was a thrilling announcement which was broadcast from Salvington telling that the babe of Bethlehem had been born on Urantia.
119:7.4 We then not only realized that our Creator and friend was taking the most precarious step in all his career, apparently risking his position and authority on this bestowal as a helpless infant, but we also understood that his experience in this final and mortal bestowal would eternally enthrone him as the undisputed and supreme sovereign of the universe of Nebadon. For a third of a century of earth time all eyes in all parts of this local universe were focused on Urantia. All intelligences realized that the last bestowal was in progress, and as we had long known of the Lucifer rebellion in Satania and of the Caligastia disaffection on Urantia, we well understood the intensity of the struggle which would ensue when our ruler condescended to incarnate on Urantia in the humble form and likeness of mortal flesh.
119:7.5 Joshua ben Joseph, the Jewish baby, was conceived and was born into the world just as all other babies before and since except that this particular baby was the incarnation of Michael of Nebadon, a divine Son of Paradise and the creator of all this local universe of things and beings. And this mystery of the incarnation of Deity within the human form of Jesus, otherwise of natural origin on the world, will forever remain unsolved. Even in eternity you will never know the technique and method of the incarnation of the Creator in the form and likeness of his creatures. That is the secret of Sonarington, and such mysteries are the exclusive possession of those divine Sons who have passed through the bestowal experience.
Read about all seven of Christ Michael's bewstowals on his universe HERE.
Were there other reasons that Jesus came here?
The final reason that Jesus came here was to take back the sovereignty of this planet from the archrebels who had plunged this world into darkness during the infamous days of the Lucifer rebellion. Prior to Jesus' incarnation, the world had been under the rule of the traitorous Caligastia. But one day in late Summer, on Mt Hermon, Jesus reclaimed this world for his own; he ended the rebellion, and ever since that day, the archrebels (save one) have been removed from this world. Jesus is now unquestioned sovereign of the universe of his making.
Jesus' Sublime Humanity
We know from both the Bible and from The Urantia Book that Jesus was and always will be a divine being - a divine Son of God. But we have to remember that he is also a true human being. He was conceived as we are, he was born into the world as we are, he ate food, drank water, slept, cried, laughed, worked, traveled, and experienced the full gamut of human emotions. And he suffered and died as we do; not that we suffer the same as he did, but we know for sure that Jesus is no stranger to suffering. Finally, he rose from the dead as we all will; in fact, one of the greatest things about his incarnation is his demonstration of real resurrection after death - a process that we can all anticipate. Why? Because he was a human being, just as we are. He showed us the ideal of human life from birth, to death, to an eternal life with God.
In our study of Jesus his humanity is often overlooked, or minimized. This is not the case with The Urantia Book. In it's pages, we see the true humanity of this God/man. And we can learn valuable lessons from studying his life. The revelators tell us that knowing the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it is the most valuable knowledge we can acquire. In The Urantia Book, we have that life revealed to us in thrilling and insiring detail.
From The Human Jesus
"He lived a real life, a full life, and a truly normal, natural, and average life in the flesh. He knows from personal experience the equivalent of the actuality of the entire sum and substance of the living of the life of human beings on the material worlds of time and space."
129:4.4 The Son of Man experienced those wide ranges of human emotion which reach from superb joy to profound sorrow. He was a child of joy and a being of rare good humor; likewise was he a "man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." In a spiritual sense, he did live through the mortal life from the bottom to the top, from the beginning to the end. From a material point of view, he might appear to have escaped living through both social extremes of human existence, but intellectually he became wholly familiar with the entire and complete experience of humankind.
129:4.5 Jesus knows about the thoughts and feelings, the urges and impulses, of the evolutionary and ascendant mortals of the realms, from birth to death. He has lived the human life from the beginnings of physical, intellectual, and spiritual selfhood up through infancy, childhood, youth, and adulthood—even to the human experience of death. He not only passed through these usual and familiar human periods of intellectual and spiritual advancement, but he also fully experienced those higher and more advanced phases of human and Adjuster reconciliation which so few Urantia mortals ever attain. And thus he experienced the full life of mortal man, not only as it is lived on your world, but also as it is lived on all other evolutionary worlds of time and space, even on the highest and most advanced of all the worlds settled in light and life.
129:4.6 Although this perfect life which he lived in the likeness of mortal flesh may not have received the unqualified and universal approval of his fellow mortals, those who chanced to be his contemporaries on earth, still, the life which Jesus of Nazareth lived in the flesh and on Urantia did receive full and unqualified acceptance by the Universal Father as constituting at one and the same time, and in one and the same personality-life, the fullness of the revelation of the eternal God to mortal man and the presentation of perfected human personality to the satisfaction of the Infinite Creator.
129:4.7 And this was his true and supreme purpose. He did not come down to live on Urantia as the perfect and detailed example for any child or adult, any man or woman, in that age or any other. True it is, indeed, that in his full, rich, beautiful, and noble life we may all find much that is exquisitely exemplary, divinely inspiring, but this is because he lived a true and genuinely human life. Jesus did not live his life on earth in order to set an example for all other human beings to copy. He lived this life in the flesh by the same mercy ministry that you all may live your lives on earth; and as he lived his mortal life in his day and as he was, so did he thereby set the example for all of us thus to live our lives in our day and as we are. You may not aspire to live his life, but you can resolve to live your lives even as, and by the same means that, he lived his. Jesus may not be the technical and detailed example for all the mortals of all ages on all the realms of this local universe, but he is everlastingly the inspiration and guide of all Paradise pilgrims from the worlds of initial ascension up through a universe of universes and on through Havona to Paradise. Jesus is the new and living way from man to God, from the partial to the perfect, from the earthly to the heavenly, from time to eternity.
Where is Jesus now?
119:8.1 After Michael's final and successful bestowal on Urantia he was not only accepted by the Ancients of Days as sovereign ruler of Nebadon, but he was also recognized by the Universal Father as the established director of the local universe of his own creation. Upon his return to Salvington this Michael, the Son of Man and the Son of God, was proclaimed the settled ruler of Nebadon. From Uversa came the eighth proclamation of Michael's sovereignty, while from Paradise came the joint pronouncement of the Universal Father and the Eternal Son constituting this union of God and man sole head of the universe.
119:8.2 It required almost one billion years of Urantia time to complete the bestowal career of Michael and to effect the final establishment of his supreme authority in the universe of his own creation. Michael was born a creator, educated an administrator, trained an executive, but he was required to earn his sovereignty by experience. And thus has your little world become known throughout all Nebadon as the arena wherein Michael completed the experience which is required of every Paradise Creator Son before he is given unlimited control and direction of the universe of his own making. As you ascend the local universe, you will learn more about the ideals of the personalities concerned in Michael's previous bestowals.
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