Jesus and Ganid at the Great Lighthouse - A new painting inspired by The Urantia Book
Merry Christmas with a celebration of Jesus' life on earth!
TruthBook is happy to announce the newest painting in a series of commissioned paintings depicting events in Jesus' life. For those who love the stories of Jesus told via the visual arts, Merry Christmas to you! This growing collection of original art focuses on scenes in the Master's life that were unknown before The Urantia Book. This painting, titled Jesus and Ganid at the Great Lighthouse by Slawa Radziszewska, illustrates Jesus and Ganid visiting what was then one of the seven wonders of the man-made world, the lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt. Slawa Radziszewska, a Polish born portrait artist, captured this happy and carefree time in Jesus' life as he traveled with Gonod and Ganid throughout the Mediterranean region. Slawa has possibly created the first paintings ever of Jesus in his 20's, with a smile on his face, and depicting his travels with Gonod and Ganid. The picture says at least a thousand words.
Background for the painting:
When he was 28 years old, "Jesus met a wealthy traveler and his son, a young man about seventeen years of age. These travelers hailed from India, and being on their way to visit Rome and various other points on the Mediterranean, they had arranged to arrive in Jerusalem during the Passover, hoping to find someone whom they could engage as interpreter for both and tutor for the son. The father was insistent that Jesus consent to travel with them. Jesus told him about his family and that it was hardly fair to go away for almost two years, during which time they might find themselves in need. Whereupon, this traveler from the Orient proposed to advance to Jesus the wages of one year so that he could intrust such funds to his friends for the safeguarding of his family against want. And Jesus agreed to make the trip." (129:2.9)
"THE TOUR OF THE Roman world consumed most of the twenty-eighth and the entire twenty-ninth year of Jesus' life on earth. Jesus and the two natives from India—Gonod and his son Ganid—left Jerusalem on a Sunday morning, April 26, A.D. 22. They made their journey according to schedule, and Jesus said good-bye to the father and son in the city of Charax on the Persian Gulf on the tenth day of December the following year, A.D. 23." (130:0.1)
"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." (129:3.8)
"To the on looking celestial intelligences of the local universe, this Mediterranean trip was the most enthralling of all Jesus' earth experiences, at least of all his career right up to the event of his crucifixion and mortal death. This was the fascinating period of his personal ministry in contrast with the soon-following epoch of public ministry. This unique episode was all the more engrossing because he was at this time still the carpenter of Nazareth, the boat builder of Capernaum, the scribes of Damascus; he was still the Son of Man. He had not yet achieved the complete mastery of his human mind; the Adjuster had not fully mastered and counterparted the mortal identity. He was still a man among men." (129:4.1)
The actual scene of the painting:
"The three enjoyed a most pleasant passage to Alexandria. Ganid was delighted with the voyage and kept Jesus busy answering questions. As they approached the city's harbor, the young man was thrilled by the great lighthouse of Pharos, located on the island which Alexander had joined by a mole to the mainland, thus creating two magnificent harbors and thereby making Alexandria the maritime commercial crossroads of Africa, Asia, and Europe. This great lighthouse was one of the seven wonders of the world and was the forerunner of all subsequent lighthouses. They arose early in the morning to view this splendid lifesaving device of man, and amidst the exclamations of Ganid Jesus said: 'And you, my son, will be like this lighthouse when you return to India, even after your father is laid to rest; you will become like the light of life to those who sit about you in darkness, showing all who so desire the way to reach the harbor of salvation in safety.' And as Ganid squeezed Jesus' hand, he said, 'I will.' " (130:3.2)
If you want to know more about Jesus' trip, here are references:
Where they went:
"From Jerusalem they went to Caesarea by way of Joppa. At Caesarea they took a boat for Alexandria. From Alexandria they sailed for Lasea in Crete. From Crete they sailed for Carthage, touching at Cyrene. At Carthage they took a boat for Naples, stopping at Malta, Syracuse, and Messina. From Naples they went to Capua, whence they traveled by the Appian Way to Rome.
"After their stay in Rome they went overland to Tarentum, where they set sail for Athens in Greece, stopping at Nicopolis and Corinth. From Athens they went to Ephesus by way of Troas. From Ephesus they sailed for Cyprus, putting in at Rhodes on the way. They spent considerable time visiting and resting on Cyprus and then sailed for Antioch in Syria. From Antioch they journeyed south to Sidon and then went over to Damascus. From there they traveled by caravan to Mesopotamia, passing through Thapsacus and Larissa. They spent some time in Babylon, visited Ur and other places, and then went to Susa. From Susa they journeyed to Charax, from which place Gonod and Ganid embarked for India." (130:0.2)
Here is a map of the area through which Jesus and the Indians traveled.
As well as acting as tutor and companion to the young Indian lad, on this Mediterranean tour Jesus enjoyed an amazing experience of meeting and learning about people - all kinds of people. He ministered to hundreds of persons, and delivered many of his most inspiring and educational discourses, such as the discourses on Reality, Time and Space, Good and Evil, Truth and Faith, Mercy and Justice, Science, Soul, and Mind.
During the visit to Rome alone, "Jesus personally came into affectionate and uplifting contact with upward of five hundred mortals of the realm. He thus gained a knowledge of the different races of mankind which he could never have acquired in Jerusalem and hardly even in Alexandria. He always regarded this six months as one of the richest and most informative of any like period of his earth life."
Jesus and the young lad, Ganid, developed a close bond during this long and eventful trip, and there are numerous touching scenes of the depth of their association; Jesus as tutor and companion, and Ganid as student and friend.
It could be no coincidence that the Master chose Ganid and Gonod as traveling companions. The reality of Jesus spending nearly two years of his short earthly life with Gonod and Ganid, two East Indians, is profound. With 1.1 billion East Indians living on earth today, Jesus' travels with Ganid and Gonod provide a deep sense of assurance that his time with them will someday comfort millions of East Indians. Michael of Nebadon actually lived with two of their kind.
Christmas provides Urantia Book readers an opportunity to celebrate the Master's life on earth. During this holiday season we can remember the great moments of his life. As the Master promised, if we hold him up he will draw all people to him and his Father.
Merry Christmas from your friends at TruthBook.