Jesus and the Chinese Merchant - A new painting inspired by The Urantia Book
Dear TruthBook Family and Friends,
We are delighted to bring you some good cheer to warm your heart and light your way through these deep days of Winter. Our good cheer results from having procured another fine-art oil painting of Jesus' life to share with you!
One of the most remarkable periods of Jesus' life was spent in the company of Gonod and Ganid, the Indian father and son. For nearly two years, this trio toured the Mediterranean world together. The Master not only served as tutor to young Ganid and interpreter for Gonod, but he also "had close converse with a great number of persons who greatly profited by the instruction received from Jesus."
One of these close contacts was with Chang, the Chinese merchant. Here, in our new painting by Slawa Radziszewska, titled Jesus and the Chinese Merchant, we see this scene depicted with great sensitivity and vibrant color. While Ganid examines the merchant's wares, we get the sense of a great understanding dawning in the eyes of Chang, as Jesus ministers to his spirit.
Here is the story from The Urantia Book:
"Jesus had many visits with a Chinese merchant. In saying good-bye, he admonished him: 'Worship only God, who is your true spirit ancestor. Remember that the Father’s spirit ever lives within you and always points your soul-direction heavenward. If you follow the unconscious leadings of this immortal spirit, you are certain to continue on in the uplifted way of finding God. And when you do attain the Father in heaven, it will be because by seeking him you have become more and more like him. And so farewell, Chang, but only for a season, for we shall meet again in the worlds of light where the Father of spirit souls has provided many delightful stopping-places for those who are Paradise-bound.'" ~ The Urantia Book, 133:4.9
We're particularly happy to create and share paintings of Jesus with people of various races. For too long the world has seen the religion of Jesus as a white man's religion. Yet the Master and Creator Son of our Universe spent almost two years with these East India men.
"What a transcendent service if, through this revelation, the Son of Man should be recovered from the tomb of traditional theology and be presented as the living Jesus to the church that bears his name, and to all other religions!" ~ The Urantia Book, 196:1.2
Jesus and the Chinese Merchant will join the privately owned collection of paintings which exists solely for the purpose of immortalizing scenes such as this one which are found only in the pages of The Urantia Book. Nowhere else except in the revelation can we find such a rich repository of stories from the personal life of Jesus. So, we hope that you will feel free to share this newest painting, as well as any or all of the previously announced ones. The entire collection of original paintings resides on our Gallery page
Again, we hope that this newest work of Jesus and the Chinese Merchant gladdens you; it is one more way that we can help lift Jesus up for the world to see and appreciate.
"And now I declare to you that I, if I be lifted up on earth and in your lives, will draw all men to myself and into the fellowship of my Father." ~ The Urantia Book, 174:5.13
Your TruthBook Team