EARTH, NOVEMBER, 8 BC In Nazareth, a city in Palestine, one evening about sundown, before Joseph had returned home, Gabriel appeared to Mary. After she had recovered her composure, he said: “I come at the bidding of one who is my Master and whom you shall love and nurture. To you, Mary, I bring glad tidings when I announce that the conception within you is ordained by heaven, and that in due time you will become the mother of a son; you shall call him Jesus, and he shall inaugurate the kingdom of heaven on earth and among humankind. Speak not of this matter save to Joseph and to Elizabeth, your kinswoman, to whom I have also appeared, and who shall presently also bear a son, whose name shall be John, and who will prepare the way for the message of deliverance which your son shall proclaim to all with great power and deep conviction.
“And doubt not my word, Mary, for this home has been chosen as the mortal habitat of the child of destiny. My benediction rests upon you, the power of the Most Highs will strengthen you, and the Lord of all the earth shall overshadow you.”
|Joseph was doubtful about Mary’s visitation story until he had an impressive dream in which a celestial messenger verified the miracle that was about to happen. Meanwhile, the couple await the expected August birth in their little home in the northern outskirts of Nazareth.
NAZARETH, MARCH, 8 BC … Mary and Joseph, a popular local couple were wed today. Mary, the lovely bride, is the daughter of Joachim and Hannah. Joseph is a noted carpenter. The couple will reside in Nazareth.
EARTH CHOSEN AS BESTOWAL PLANET
Unconfirmed reports have been received that a small planet on the fringes of the Milky Way Galaxy has been chosen as the site for the bestowal of Jesus, our beloved Creator Son.
GABRIEL APPEARS TO ELIZABETH
Gabriel, a brilliant spiritual being, appeared to Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharias, a temple priest, late in the month of June, 8 BC in the city of Judah. Said Gabriel: “I, Gabriel, have come to announce that you will shortly bear a son who shall be the forerunner of a divine teacher, and you shall call your son John. He will grow up dedicated to the Lord your God, and he will proclaim the coming of the soul-healer of your people and the spirit-liberator of all humankind. Your kinswoman Mary shall be the mother of this child of promise, and I will also appear to her.” This vision greatly frightened Elizabeth. After Gabriel’s departure she turned this experience over in her mind, long pondering the sayings of the majestic visitor, but did not speak of the revelation to anyone save her husband until her subsequent visit with Mary in early February of the following year.
The Chronicle of the Life and Teachings of Jesus of Nazareth harmonizes with the Gospels as presented in the Bible. These biblical records have been sufficient to change the course of history on our planet for almost two thousand years. However, there are many gaps in the Gospel narratives. As a result, speculations of various kinds about what may have taken place during the so-called “lost years of Jesus” have been published in numerous books and articles. The authors of this Chronicle examined the plausibility of many of these supplementary sources. Only one, in our judgment, contains wholesome and credible substance about these “lost years” that is in congruence with the known Gospels. That source is The Urantia Book.
Nearly 800 of the 2097 pages in The Urantia Book are devoted to the life and teachings of Jesus as derived from diverse sources. The authors of The Urantia Book state that they served more as “collectors and editors” rather than as original narrators of this restatement of Jesus’ life on earth.* We have no way of verifying the accuracy of this material, and some may object to any attempt to embellish the available historic record in the Gospels. Even so, the Apostle John cautions us that the Gospel record is far from complete: “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” [John 21:25] Surely then, if there is any chance that more of the precious words of Jesus have been recorded, should we not at least investigate this possibility with an open mind? However, whether the reader considers our treatment of the “lost years” as entertaining fiction or as credible history, we trust you will find these episodes in the Chronicle engaging and instructive.
We have only scratched the surface of the story of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as portrayed in The Urantia Book. Although, as we have stated, the Chronicle is consistent with the essential historic narration of the New Testament, The Urantia Book goes further. And its message is urgent, stating that “Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.” If our modest presentation resonates with the reader, we urge you to investigate the source material we used: The Urantia Book. There you will find an abundance of information that we believe is of revelatory magnitude. Our hope is that a new generation of believers will be inspired to follow the Master’s example of love and service.
Joan Batson Mullins
*We feel we have also served more as “collectors and editors” rather than as original creators of the text of this Chronicle, especially regarding the words of Jesus as presented in The Urantia Book. It is our opinion that the original presentation by the authors of these words of Jesus in the English language should be respected. Therefore we have edited only for the understanding or comfort of modern readers.