Not by bread alone - A new addition to the Jesus Collection
A Visual Remembrance Supper of Christ Michael's 7th Bestowal on Earth
Dear TruthBook Friends,
We are happy to share with you a recent addition to our growing art collection celebrating Christ Michael's 7th Bestowal on Earth. This painting of Jesus in prayer was lovingly created by one of the 20th century's great Jesus artists. This poignant and stunning painting, 3' by 4', depicts Jesus during his sojourn on Mt Hermon following the momentous occasion of his baptism by John in the Jordan River. During this forty-day period of isolation on the hills of the mountain, Jesus formulated the six great decisions that would guide his conduct for the remainder of his life on Earth. He communed with his Thought Adjuster, beheld the vast armies of angels who waited upon him, and sought the will of his Father. In this beautiful painting, you see Jesus in prayer, seeking for the Father's will.
"Jesus brought to God, as a man of the realm, the greatest of all offerings: the consecration and dedication of his own will to the majestic service of doing the divine will. Jesus always and consistently interpreted religion wholly in terms of the Father's will. When you study the career of the Master, as concerns prayer or any other feature of the religious life, look not so much for what he taught as for what he did. Jesus never prayed as a religious duty. To him prayer was a sincere expression of spiritual attitude, a declaration of soul loyalty, a recital of personal devotion, an expression of thanksgiving, an avoidance of emotional tension, a prevention of conflict, an exaltation of intellection, an ennoblement of desire, a vindication of moral decision, an enrichment of thought, an invigoration of higher inclinations, a consecration of impulse, a clarification of viewpoint, a declaration of faith, a transcendental surrender of will, a sublime assertion of confidence, a revelation of courage, the proclamation of discovery, a confession of supreme devotion, the validation of consecration, a technique for the adjustment of difficulties, and the mighty mobilization of the combined soul powers to withstand all human tendencies toward selfishness, evil, and sin. He lived just such a life of prayerful consecration to the doing of his Father's will and ended his life triumphantly with just such a prayer. The secret of his unparalleled religious life was this consciousness of the presence of God; and he attained it by intelligent prayer and sincere worship — unbroken communion with God …" Paper 196.0.10
You can vividly form a mental picture of Jesus, here on this lonely, rocky hillside with the mists rising around him, and imagine the nearby ancient cavern where he lived for those forty days. Imagine the experience of the Master on this long sojourn - alone with the Father - realizing that he had to reconcile his purely human life with his mission as the Son of God. We think you'll agree that the painting is a beautiful expression of this development in Jesus of those "higher values in mortal existence—intellectual mastery and spiritual achievement—which far transcend the necessary gratification of man's purely physical appetites and urges."
The Sojourn on Mount Hermon
This period of isolation on Mount Hermon marked the termination of his purely human career... Jesus lived alone with God for six weeks on the slopes of Mount Hermon.
After more than five weeks of unbroken communion with his Paradise Father, Jesus became absolutely assured of his nature and of the certainty of his triumph over the material levels of time-space…
During the last week on Mount Hermon the great temptation, the universe trial, occurred. And subsequent generations should understand what a great struggle the Son of Man passed through that eventful day on Mount Hermon.
To the many proposals and counterproposals of the emissaries of Lucifer, Jesus only made reply: "May the will of my Paradise Father prevail, and you, my rebellious son, may the Ancients of Days judge you divinely. I am your Creator-father; I can hardly judge you justly, and my mercy you have already spurned. I commit you to the adjudication of the Judges of a greater universe."
And when the trying ordeal was finished, the detached guardian seraphim returned to Jesus' side and ministered to him.
On an afternoon in late summer, amid the trees and in the silence of nature, Michael of Nebadon won the unquestioned sovereignty of his universe. …the Lucifer rebellion in Satania and the Caligastia secession on Urantia were virtually settled. Jesus had paid the last price required of him to attain the sovereignty of his universe.
As always, we encourage you to forward this announcement, and this moving picture of Jesus to your friends and family for their enjoyment and inspiration.
In dedication and service to the leader of our local universe,
Your friends at TruthBook
"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!" Paper 196:1.2
What an awakening the world would experience if it could only see Jesus as he really lived on earth and know, firsthand, his life-giving teachings! Paper 195:9.8
"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." Paper 174:5.13
Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it. Paper 196:1.3