Who is Jesus and what did he look like?
The Urantia Book says this about Jesus’ physical appearance:
”Although Jesus was poor, his social standing in Nazareth was in no way impaired. He was one of the foremost young men of the city and very highly regarded by most of the young women. Since Jesus was such a splendid specimen of robust and intellectual manhood…” 127:5.1
Jesus was one of the most robust and refined specimens of manhood to appear on earth since the days of Adam. His physical development was superb. His mind was active, keen, and penetrating—compared with the average mentality of his contemporaries, it had developed gigantic proportions—and his spirit was indeed humanly divine. 128:6.2
The pictures of Jesus have been most unfortunate. These paintings of the Christ have exerted a deleterious influence on youth; the temple merchants would hardly have fled before Jesus if he had been such a man as your artists usually have depicted. His was a dignified manhood; he was good, but natural. Jesus did not pose as a mild, sweet, gentle, and kindly mystic. His teaching was thrillingly dynamic. He not only meant well, but he went about actually doing good. 141:3.6
The Urantia Book reveals so much about Jesus. In fact the last 700 pages, a full third of the book, is devoted to the story of Jesus. It details his birth, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood and adult life and reveals as never before details about his family, his friends, and his apostles.
The world was turned upside down by Jesus and his Apostles. Scholars have said that we have been given the Bible accounts for approximately 30 days of his life. Surely, he did and said many things we don’t know of. John 21:25 exclaims, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” So what else did Jesus say and do that made that made his Apostle John proclaim that?
The Urantia Book says:
Jesus is the spiritual lens in human likeness which makes visible to the material creature Him who is invisible. He is your elder brother who,
in the flesh, makes known to you a Being of infinite attributes whom not even the celestial hosts can presume fully to understand.
But all of this must consist in the personal experience of the individual believer. God who is spirit can be known only as a spiritual
experience. God can be revealed to the finite sons of the material worlds, by the divine Son of the spiritual realms, only as a Father. You can know the Eternal as a Father; you can worship him as the God of universes, the infinite Creator of all existences. 169:4.13
Jesus is truly a savior in the sense that his life and death do win men over to goodness and righteous survival. Jesus loves men so much that his love awakens the response of love in the human heart. Love is truly contagious and eternally creative. Jesus' death on the cross exemplifies a love which is sufficiently strong and divine to forgive sin and swallow up all evil-doing. Jesus disclosed to this world a higher quality of righteousness than justice—mere technical right and wrong. Divine love does not merely forgive wrongs; it absorbs and actually destroys them. 188:5.2
There are many chapters in The Urantia Book that discuss Jesus, his parents, his family, his apostles, his ministry (private and public) as well as his death and resurrection. To read this remarkable story of Jesus, begin here: http://www.urantiabook.org/
Jesus Studies in The Urantia Book
The New Biography of Jesus
- Jesus Photo Gallery
- The New Biography of Jesus from The Urantia Book
- Extremely rich in detail; includes the socalled "missing years"; the most spiritually compelling biography of Jesus anywhere in print.
- The Parables of Jesus
- All of the great parables beautifully retold
- Jesus' Great Discourses and Sermons from The Urantia Book
- Includes the "Discourse on Reality" and the "Discourse on Prayer"
- Post-Resurrection Appearances of Jesus
- Detailed accounts of multiple appearances
- The Galilean: A Poetic Reflection On The Life Of Jesus
- Vern Bennom Grimsley
- Jesus in the New Testament and The Urantia Book: A Comparative Study
- Dr. William S. Sadler
Study Aids for the Life of Jesus
- God's Gumshoe Investigates the New Testament
- Jesus of Nazareth: A Study of the Fourth Epochal Revelation
- Dr. Meredith Sprunger
- How Jesus Taught
- David Kantor
- The Vine and the Branches: Jesus' Parable of Michael's Nature?
- A study suggestion by David Kantor
- The "Missing Years" of Jesus' Life—A Study Guide for portions of Part 4 of The Urantia Book
- Dave Holt
- "But who say you that I am?"
- A thought-provoking and controversial perspective on the planetary socio-religious dimensions of Michael's pre-bestowal planning. Dan Massey
- Considering The Atonement Doctrine -- Letter to a Friend
- Educator Preston Thomas writes a letter to a fundamentalist friend explaining his beliefs.
- Science in Jesus' Life
- We all want to live the integrated life, with science as part of a growing mind in a progressive personality. How might we approach this great ideal? Dr. Jeffrey Wattles, Scientific Symposium I, The Urantia Book Fellowship.
- The Real Gospel
- Norm Du Val
- A Study of Selected Discourses of Jesus from The Urantia Book by Ruth Burton
- Purposes of the Michael Bestowals: A Study of The Urantia Book's Papers 119 and 120
- Ruth Burton, 1971