Now, HERE is an interesting take on the life of the Master: Jesus as a great business executive! The article is a book review called : Fortune 500 executive reveals why Jesus was the greatest business executive of all time by Religious News Service (RNS). Even after studying only the Gospels, the author of this new book featured in the review called: Jesus & Co.: Connecting the Lessons of The Gospel with Today's Business World by Bruce L. Hartman gleaned valuable lessons about what a brilliant strategist and executive Jesus was. And we agree. The Urantia Book provides ample evidence of these findings. We'll blog on that below, but here's a good snip about what's in the reviewed book and its author:
Earning his Master of Divinity (2013) and Doctorate (May 2018) from Drew University Theological School, Hartman writes, "Who is Jesus to our current Marketplace? He is the founder of the largest organization in the world. He worked his way up from the bottom of the marketplace. If he booked a speaking tour in contemporary times, he would sell out every venue on the tour. He is a gifted strategist and keeps the road straight. He has been there and knows our issues. But most importantly his words and presence are as available to us today as they were for the first-century marketplace".
Click to read the review
The preliminary executive conference
When reading the life and teachings of Jesus in The Urantia Book, one discovers who Jesus really was, where he came from, the details of his mission to this world, and, in the ensuing story, how he implemented and carried out that mission. It didn't just happen; it was skillfully and artfully planned, as one might expect. Jesus of Nazareth - Christ Michael of Nebadon - can truly be thought of as chief executive of our world and our universe.
In order to understand the vast scope of the process by which Jesus ended up here as the Babe of Bethlehem, we have to start by understanding the bestowal process undergone by any Creator Son. Six times, over the course of about 1 billion years, Christ Michael of Nebadon had assumed the form of one of the six different types of creatures who then lived on various worlds in the universe of his making. Six times he surrendered his existence in Salvington to commune and exist among the different orders of life that he had created. Why?
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.
120:0.1 To live such identical lives as he imposes upon the intelligent beings of his own creation, thus to bestow himself in the likeness of his various orders of created beings, is a part of the price which every Creator Son must pay for the full and supreme sovereignty of his self-made universe of things and beings.
Read about the six previous bestowals HERE.
Immediately prior to Michael's final bestowal on the planet of his choosing - ours - Christ Michael of Nebadon, the creator of this universe - received his final bestowal commission from his brother Immanuel with details about his upcoming incarnation to earth (Urantia). In reading this commission, we grasp that this seventh and final incarnation as a creature of flesh and blood was one of the riskiest and challenging of all the other bestowals that had come before. On his other bestowals, Michael had incarnated as a fully developed being; on Urantia he would willingly incarnate as a helpless baby.
Read the seventh bestowal commission HERE
The mission to earth
The story of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem is well-known, but his ensuing infancy and childhood are not, nor are the processes by which he became aware of his true identity. The Urantia Book provides us with details available nowhere else about all of those years. We learn how he gradually became aware of who he was and where he had come from - and most importantly, what his mission was to be. By the time he was 14 years-old, during the visit to Jerusalem for the Passover, Jesus was first called to be about his Father's business. And this supernatural visitation from a celestial messenger set the tone for the rest of his life.
From his early years working with Joseph at the crossroads of the caravan trades, where he would come into contact with people from all parts of the known world, to his Mediterranean trip, where "he met and loved all manner of men, rich and poor, high and low, black and white, educated and uneducated, cultured and uncultured, animalistic and spiritual, religious and irreligious, moral and immoral," Jesus' aim was to learn all he could about mortals, to minister to them along the way, and to plan the future mission that would reveal the Father to a whole universe.
The importance of the tour of the Mediterranean regions is outlined here. And we see the wisdom and planning that even then were paramount in the mind of Jesus as he considered the rest of his mission to the world and the entire universe:
129:3.5 In all your efforts to decipher the meaning of Jesus' life on Urantia, you must be mindful of the motivation of the Michael bestowal. If you would comprehend the meaning of many of his apparently strange doings, you must discern the purpose of his sojourn on your world. He was consistently careful not to build up an overattractive and attention-consuming personal career. He wanted to make no unusual or overpowering appeals to his fellow men. He was dedicated to the work of revealing the heavenly Father to his fellow mortals and at the same time was consecrated to the sublime task of living his mortal earth life all the while subject to the will of the same Paradise Father.
129:3.6 It will also always be helpful in understanding Jesus' life on earth if all mortal students of this divine bestowal will remember that, while he lived this life of incarnation on Urantia, he lived it for his entire universe. There was something special and inspiring associated with the life he lived in the flesh of mortal nature for every single inhabited sphere throughout all the universe of Nebadon. The same is also true of all those worlds which have become habitable since the eventful times of his sojourn on Urantia. And it will likewise be equally true of all worlds which may become inhabited by will creatures in all the future history of this local universe.
By the end of the Mediterranean tour
"By the end of this tour Jesus virtually knew—with all human certainty—that he was a Son of God, a Creator Son of the Universal Father. The Adjuster more and more was able to bring up in the mind of the Son of Man shadowy memories of his Paradise experience in association with his divine Father ere he ever came to organize and administer this local universe of Nebadon. Thus did the Adjuster, little by little, bring to Jesus' human consciousness those necessary memories of his former and divine existence in the various epochs of the well-nigh eternal past. The last episode of his prehuman experience to be brought forth by the Adjuster was his farewell conference with Immanuel of Salvington just before his surrender of conscious personality to embark upon the Urantia incarnation. And this final memory picture of prehuman existence was made clear in Jesus' consciousness on the very day of his baptism by John in the Jordan."
An executive encounter with rebels
After completing the Mediterranean tour, Jesus spent a year of solitary travel. At the end of that year (his 31st), Jesus was led by his inner spirit to Mt Hermon, "that he might finish his work of mastering his human mind and complete the task of effecting his full consecration to the remainder of his lifework on earth."
It was part of his mission to our world during these days that he did the necessary but unpleasant task of confronting the forces of darkness and defeating them - reclaiming the future administration of the planet from the traitorous reign of Caligastia. It was on the slopes of Mt Hermon, as Jesus enjoyed "unbroken communication with his Paradise Father," that he asked for and endured what has come to be known as the "great temptation". And he emerged victorious over these rebels. He exercised to the full his executive powers over those who had betrayed all of us.
During the subsequent time of waiting for his mission to be fully formulated, Jesus submitted to baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist, who had been proclaiming the coming Kingdom all over Palestine. And this momentous event in Jesus' life was immediately followed by the "forty days."
A second executive conference
It was at the baptism that he became fully and finally aware of his true identity; he was able to remember his previous existence and he was then able to make definite plans for his public work. The forty days' sojourn was an extremely important time of planning for him. On this forty-day sojourn, he conferred with Gabriel, his chief executive officer, for the first time since leaving Salvington. And after this conference he formulated decisions as to how he would exercise the powers and personalities that he now knew were available to him.
You can read about those decisions HERE
Planning the apostolic missions
In the matter of the choosing of the apostles and their time of training, we learn in the Urantia Book that this process was quite lengthy - one year - during which he and the apostles tirelessly trained for, practiced, and planned, their public missions. There was nothing haphazard about the process.
Again, this was strategic and brilliant planning on the part of the Master - a deliberate executive delegation of duties to the ambassadors of the emerging kingdom of Heaven. He began by the selection of the first six; then a program of education and experience followed. He then had the first six select another six, providing for the "each one teach one" method of introducing the new arrivals to the established plan of puclic mission work. Those details can be accessed by starting HERE
The final executive meeting
The last of what I call Jesus' "executive meetings" was shortly after Peter's confession, when he was summoned again to the Mount, there to receive confirmation that his mission was acceptable to God. This was the occasion of the Transfiguration, witnessed by the three apostles. But the private three-hour meeting that Jesus took part in - with Father Melchizedek and Gabriel - was truly an executive meeting of the highest order. It was following that meeting that the Son of Man understood and accepted his final fate; he accepted that he would likely be killed for his efforts to establish the Kingdom.
It was not the Father's will that he be killed, but Jesus understood at that time that it was the Father's will that he live his earthly life to its natural end. Jesus fully and willingly accepted his fate - not as a reluctant sacrificial lamb, but as a deliberate and fully-informed Sovereign devoted to his duty of completing the mission he had set out to accomplish - that of revealing the loving Father to our mortal eyes.
A good movie
I have given you, faithful reader, a lot of links in the piece above. I hope you'll follow some of them and read more about these momentous, significant times in the life of Jesus and appreciate the underlying order, planning, and thought that went into every phase of his earthly existence, from beginning to end - just such planning that befits an executive personality; an administrator of the highest order.
And here, I'd like to recommend a Urantia Book-based feature-length movie on all of these matters that will be of interest to anyone wanting to know more about Jesus as regards his abilities as an executive.
Produced and directed by David Kantor, "Re-Imagining Jesus" is a brilliant visual and scholarly exploration of the Master's mission ... the conditions at the time and how Jesus took full advantage of placing himself in the right places at the right times ... how he planned the public missions, and how he strategized so as to have the fullest impact possible on his world.
Click here to see the movie online. And you can also find it at Amazon Prime.
Discovering (and re-discovering) Jesus as the amazing Creator Son who became the Son of Man is truly an inspiring discovery; discovering the brilliance of his mission as the Son of God should thrill anyone who has any interest in how and why this humble carpenter of Nazareth was able then, and still is able today, to influence and inform world affairs in such a significant way. Even though he has left us in a physical sense, Jesus still sojourns with every one of us, always guiding his children into the knowledge of all truth through his Spirit. Like every good executive, he always honors and values his workers and his friends, guiding them as they go through their lives in service to him and for the extension of the Father's kingdom.
His mission was planned and well thought-out. Had it had the chance to fully develop and flower, I think it's safe to say that our world would be far better off than it is. We mourn the fact that his mission was cut short as a result of wicked decisions made by wicked men, but we celebrate that he chose us for his mission to the universe of his making. Despite the tragic interruption of that mission, it was sufficient to change the course of world history - and still continues to do so even today.
What else might one expect from the greatest executive mind in the universe?