All Urantia Book readers know that Jesus was a world traveler. He never reached as far as the Himalayas, as this article suggests: Did Jesus of Nazareth Travel to the Far East? by Mary A Joyce, but he did tour the whole Mediterranean region, going as far a the Swiss Alps at one point. Jesus' travels are the subject of three papers in The Urantia Book, and they fill in part of those "missing years" of his life that remain so intriguing to his followers. We'll blog about this below, but first, here are a snippet from the article:
"It is a mistake to think there wasn't international travel during Jesus' time ... Perhaps with some helpful knowledge and influence from Joseph of Arimathea, it would have been easy for Jesus to join a caravan or board a ship headed to the Far East. Indeed, there is evidence that he did."
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Incidentally, the "evidence" cited in this article of Jesus having traveled to the Himalayas is sketchy or apocryphal at best. You may feel differently, though. It is an interesting article in any event. And according to The Urantia Book, Jesus did travel - a lot...
While some may see The Urantia Book as sketchy too, it has the added cache of claiming itself as an epochal revelation. When one opens one's mind to entertain that possibility - that this restated account, these stories of Jesus' life, are a gift from our celestial friends who were actual witnesses, these stories come fully alive and assist the reader in understanding more fully the mission and ministry of this God/man/brother. The stories have been preserved by the angels - nowhere else will you ever read about Jesus' travels as you will in The Urantia Book. These stories are truly a revelation
Why did Jesus travel?
The Urantia Book is a modern-day revelation of truth to our world. The fourth of its four parts is the Life and Teachings of Jesus, and it is an amazing account of that matchless life, never before seen on this world. Up until the advent of The Urantia Book on the scene in 1955, the only accounting of Jesus' life was contained in the four gospels of the Bible. Taken all together, these accounts still remain a very scanty account. They do not reveal anything about the Master's life between the time of Herod's search for him and his exodus to Egypt and the time of his sojourn to Jerusalem with Mary and Joseph as a teeange; and then nothing more from those years between and the time of his Baptism and the start of his public ministry. Where was Jesus during those years?
The Urantia Book tells us that one of the main purposes for Jesus' incarnation on our world was to learn everything he could about humanity - to get as close to the races and peoples of the world as he could get - to learn from all types of people from many diverse cultures how people differed in their approaches to life. The reason for this is so that Jesus, as the Creator Son, would become a wise, sympathetic and merciful ruler of this universe of his making. Having incarnated six times previously in the likeness of six other creatures who inhabit his universe, he came to our world on his seventh and last bestowal to experience life as a human being, from birth to death.
About this process, The Urantia Book teaches:
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.
And so, it would seem an obvious endeavor for the son of man to travel and get to know people as much as possible. After an eventful childhood, adolescence, and early manhood, Jesus accepted a job as interpreter and tutor for an Indian merchant and his son; their travels took them throughout the Mediterranean regions for nearly two years.
About the importance of this trip, we learn:
129:3.7 The Son of Man, during the time and through the experiences of this tour of the Roman world, practically completed his educational contact-training with the diversified peoples of the world of his day and generation. By the time of his return to Nazareth, through the medium of this travel-training he had just about learned how man lived and wrought out his existence on Urantia.
129:3.8 The real purpose of his trip around the Mediterranean basin was to know men. He came very close to hundreds of humankind on this journey. 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.
129:3.9 On this Mediterranean journey Jesus made great advances in his human task of mastering the material and mortal mind, and his indwelling Adjuster made great progress in the ascension and spiritual conquest of this same human intellect. 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.
130:0.6 From firsthand observation and actual contact Jesus acquainted himself with the higher material and intellectual civilization of the Occident and the Levant; from Gonod and his brilliant son he learned a great deal about the civilization and culture of India and China, for Gonod, himself a citizen of India, had made three extensive trips to the empire
Everywhere Jesus went, he taught
During this extended trip, Jesus delivered some of his most thrilling and inspiring treachings; among them are:
DISCOURSE ON JONAH
DISCOURSE ON REALITY
GOOD AND EVIL , And
DISCOURSE ON THE SOUL
Also while on this trip, Jesus had some of the most touching and inspiring of encounters as he practiced personal ministry with many sorts of people during his Sojourn at Rome
Later on, after the completion of the Mediterranean trip, Jesus traveled even more, as a caravan conductor through the Caspian regions:
134:2.3 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.
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We never learn that Jesus went as far as the Himalayas, but he did sojourn as far as the Swiss Alps. Thne legends and speculations about his travels to India and these other places might be the result of later infiltration of his teachings thanks to the apostle Nathaniel, who did go to India and died there.
Read about the 2-year trip to the Mediterranean HERE
And about the trip to the Caspian HERE
And for the most complete picture of Jesus, please see Part IV of The Urantia Book: The Life and Teachings of Jesus