Leave no Writing
- A new addition to the Jesus Collection
Greetings to All, and Happy New Year 2019 from TruthBook.com!
It has been awhile since we've communicated with you - and with good reason! Since our last announcement in May 2018, our team has been busy putting together a fabulous new Jesus book for publication in April 2019. The book is titled The Untold Story of Jesus
This is a project that has been a decade in the making. It began as a dream of creating a book that would showcase newly commissioned paintings of Jesus’ life inspired by the Urantia Book. Please have a look in our Religious Art Gallery where you can see the whole collection to date.
Over the years, we have sent you announcements with the arrival of each new work; today, we continue this effort. Towards the completion of the book, commissions that were underway - often for years, arrived in time for the book’s publication. There are 11 new and exciting additions!
Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to Russ Docken’s newest painting, Leave No Writing Behind. Russ has been one of the most prolific painters of the life of Jesus. You’ll see his paintings in the Jesus Gallery on TruthBook and in the upcoming book “The Untold Story of Jesus.”
Here’s the story of Leave No Writing Behind:
As you may recall, prior to Jesus’ life on Urantia, he was given guidelines that were designed to help him understand what his conduct should be while living on earth; and he was also given additional advice.
This advice from Immanuel and approved by Gabriel was as follows from "Further Counsel and Advice":
“To the end that you may not unnecessarily contribute to the creation of subsequent stereotyped systems of Urantia religious beliefs or other types of nonprogressive religious loyalties, we advise you still further: Leave no writings behind you on the planet. Refrain from all writing upon permanent materials; enjoin your associates to make no images or other likenesses of yourself in the flesh. See that nothing potentially idolatrous is left on the planet at the time of your departure."
Leave No Writing Behind memorializes the dramatic occasion in which Jesus followed this advice. He destroyed all of his writings that he created as a younger man in Nazareth. Coming close on the heels of the Forty Days in the wilderness and the choosing of the first six apostles, this deliberate act was a significant event for Jesus and his family because they loved his storyboard writings and were sad to see them destroyed. From "The Forty Days":
136:4.2 The first thing Jesus did, after thinking through the general plan of co-ordinating his program with John’s movement, was to review in his mind the instructions of Immanuel. Carefully he thought over the advice given him concerning his methods of labor, and that he was to leave no permanent writing on the planet. Never again did Jesus write on anything except sand. On his next visit to Nazareth, much to the sorrow of his brother Joseph, Jesus destroyed all of his writing that was preserved on the boards about the carpenter shop, and which hung upon the walls of the old home.
137:2.9 The associates of Jesus little understood why their new-found teacher was so concerned with completely destroying every vestige of his writing which remained about the home in the form of the ten commandments and other mottoes and sayings. But this proceeding, together with the fact that they never saw him subsequently write — except upon the dust or in the sand — made a deep impression upon their minds.
It's easy to see the sad resignation on Jesus’ brother’s face as a determined Jesus destroys his writings. We feel a certain sadness ourselves, wishing that at least something of Jesus' writings might be seen today. But he was warned not to leave relics behind that would have become objects of adoration, profiteering, and worship in future generations.
We hope you enjoy this new painting from Russ Docken; it joins The Mo & Jen Siegel Collection in our Religious Art Gallery, and can be accessed HERE
You’ll hear from us again soon because we have a backlog of new paintings to share with you, and new artists, too - so stay tuned!!!
May this be a most blessed year for all of you! Until next time…
Your TruthBook Team