Here's a new discovery made in Israel that is connected to one of the most thrilling of Jesus' miracles: Archaeologists discover road on which Jesus walked from Pool of Siloam to temple in Evangelical Focus.
As anyone who follows Jesus knows - Bible-believing Christians and Urantia Book students alike - the healing of the blind beggar at the pool of Siloam was an amazing event. We will blog about it below, but first, here's the news:
Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists have unearthed a road running from Jerusalem's gates and the Pool of Siloam to the Temple.
"Jesus would have walked on this newly excavated road to the Temple Mount", said Moran Hagbi, one of the directors of the excavation.
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A well-Known Event from Jesus' life portrayed in the Bible
The Bible shows this story in John Chapter 9. It is more lengthy than many of the stories about Jesus, and not all that different from the Urantia Book account, but is still very incomplete, as the Master's true purpose for the healing is not shown. And as usual, the story lacks much significant detail and contains very little context.
The Urantia Book Account
The story of this miracle of the healing of the blind beggar in The Urantia Book is in section 3 of the paper titled "At the Feast of Dedication"
Even though Nathaniel and Thomas begged him not to go, Jesus was determined to "give these teachers in Israel another opportunity to see the light, before my hour comes." And so, the three went to Jerusalem, in spite of the danger, and likely walked this same road that has been recently unearthed in the article above.
After finding the blind beggar - Josiah by name,
164:3.8 Jesus said to Nathaniel and Thomas: "Let us create the sight of this blind man on this Sabbath day that the scribes and Pharisees may have the full occasion which they seek for accusing the Son of Man." Then, stooping over, he spat on the ground and mixed the clay with the spittle, and speaking of all this so that the blind man could hear, he went up to Josiah and put the clay over his sightless eyes, saying: "Go, my son, wash away this clay in the pool of Siloam, and immediately you shall receive your sight." And when Josiah had so washed in the pool of Siloam, he returned to his friends and family, seeing.
What was Jesus' purpose in performing this miracle?
As is usual with The Urantia Book, many details are added to these familiar stories; the inner workings of Jesus' mind are given as well, so that we can fully understand the WHY of what Jesus did, and not only the facts of what happened.
164:3.11 This is one of the strangest of all the Master's miracles. This man did not ask for healing. He did not know that the Jesus who had directed him to wash at Siloam, and who had promised him vision, was the prophet of Galilee who had preached in Jerusalem during the feast of tabernacles. This man had little faith that he would receive his sight, but the people of that day had great faith in the efficacy of the spittle of a great or holy man; and from Jesus' conversation with Nathaniel and Thomas, Josiah had concluded that his would-be benefactor was a great man, a learned teacher or a holy prophet; accordingly he did as Jesus directed him.
164:3.12 Jesus made use of the clay and the spittle and directed him to wash in the symbolic pool of Siloam for three reasons:
1. This was not a miracle response to the individual's faith. This was a wonder which Jesus chose to perform for a purpose of his own, but which he so arranged that this man might derive lasting benefit therefrom.
2. As the blind man had not asked for healing, and since the faith he had was slight, these material acts were suggested for the purpose of encouraging him. He did believe in the superstition of the efficacy of spittle, and he knew the pool of Siloam was a semisacred place. But he would hardly have gone there had it not been necessary to wash away the clay of his anointing. There was just enough ceremony about the transaction to induce him to act.
3. But Jesus had a third reason for resorting to these material means in connection with this unique transaction: This was a miracle wrought purely in obedience to his own choosing, and thereby he desired to teach his followers of that day and all subsequent ages to refrain from despising or neglecting material means in the healing of the sick. He wanted to teach them that they must cease to regard miracles as the only method of curing human diseases.
164:3.16 Jesus gave this man his sight by miraculous working, on this Sabbath morning and in Jerusalem near the temple, for the prime purpose of making this act an open challenge to the Sanhedrin and all the Jewish teachers and religious leaders. This was his way of proclaiming an open break with the Pharisees. He was always positive in everything he did. And it was for the purpose of bringing these matters before the Sanhedrin that Jesus brought his two apostles to this man early in the afternoon of this Sabbath day and deliberately provoked those discussions which compelled the Pharisees to take notice of the miracle.
As in the Bible story, Josiah was brought before the authorities.
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Jesus was hoping to be called before this group of Sanhedrin himself, but they were afraid to bring Jesus in and accuse him.
164:5.1 All of the time this Sabbath-breaking session of the Sanhedrin was in progress in one of the temple chambers, Jesus was walking about near at hand, teaching the people in Solomon's Porch, hoping that he would be summoned before the Sanhedrin where he could tell them the good news of the liberty and joy of divine sonship in the kingdom of God. But they were afraid to send for him. They were always disconcerted by these sudden and public appearances of Jesus in Jerusalem. The very occasion they had so ardently sought, Jesus now gave them, but they feared to bring him before the Sanhedrin even as a witness, and even more they feared to arrest him.
As it was, the Sanhedrin cast Josiah out of the temple, which was pretty distressing to him. But in the end, Jesus saves the day:
164:5.5 When Josiah learned that he had been cast out of the synagogue, he was at first greatly downcast, but he was much encouraged when Jesus directed that he should immediately prepare to go with them to the camp at Pella. This simple-minded man of Jerusalem had indeed been cast out of a Jewish synagogue, but behold the Creator of a universe leading him forth to become associated with the spiritual nobility of that day and generation.
164:5.6 And now Jesus left Jerusalem, not again to return until near the time when he prepared to leave this world. With the two apostles and Josiah the Master went back to Pella. And Josiah proved to be one of the recipients of the Master's miraculous ministry who turned out fruitfully, for he became a lifelong preacher of the gospel of the kingdom.
Please follow the links above to access the complete - and highly detailed - story of this momentous event in Jesus life.
Respect for the Bible
We never mean to imply by our blogs that there is something wrong with the Bible. The Bible is to be respected; however, when we have the new revelation of the Life and Teachings of Jesus at hand, it is difficult not to rejoice - difficult not to proclaim these superior stories and revelations of the real events of Jesus' life.
We hope that you, the reader, whether a Bible-believing Christian, a spiritual seeker, or a Urantia Book reader - will enjoy the comparisons and be encouraged to study even further the amazing revelation that is The Urantia Book. If you are a lover of Jesus and wish to know more about him, you will be thrilled at what you discover!