I'll post a few of my comments from Master Rishi's Urantia book thread where questions where asked about Jeshua. I'm just posting this to get the discussion about ascension going - please feel free to ask questions and contribute!
Originally John the Baptist and Jeshua would have created a spiritual network and ongoing mystery school to help those interested in the gnostic understanding. John the Baptist got killed which was unexpected, and Jeshua decided to go on the "fast track" toward ascension - not eating much and meditating quite a bit. The original plan was to help the whole group ascend together after many years - at least in that lifetime it didn't happen en masse. Other group ascensions have occurred on the planet, including a group down in the Yucatan Peninsula where scientists are still trying to decide what happened to the people.
Mary of Sephoris, his mother, had her own group of disciples, but Jeshua was chosen as the wayshower since letting a female be the lead in those days would not have worked. The females in the Urantia book are not given enough credit for their work and their spiritual understanding. Nothing could have succeeded without their structure, support, knowing. Even when the male disciples had doubts, the women kept things together, including denying Paul and the Romans access to the deeper understanding.
Everything was carefully planned out so that all the prophecies were fulfilled. All the disciples knew their roles, including Judas pretending to betray, Peter denying, the crucifixion, the rock being rolled away from the tomb, everything. Judas knew that he was going to be the "fall guy" and was alright with his role. Mary and the women disciples helped support him financially after the ascension, and the apostle John was in consistent contact with him for years.
After the ascension everyone scattered because they knew they would be hunted down. Jeshua went with Joseph of Arimathea (his uncle) and started a mystery school in England. Mary Magdalene went with their children and lived in southern France. Mary of Sephoris, Jeshua's mother, went to Turkey where she ascended. The disciples went to various countries where they each had their missions which they had been briefed on.
The intention of moving to Europe was to start a grail bloodline lineage which could then stop the wars by introducing enlightened leadership as the rulers of the countries of Europe. The Church was originally designed to help protect the descendants of Jeshua and Mary Magdalene, and help bring about a unified Europe, but after awhile they got greedy and wanted the power for themselves. So the whole movement had to go underground and the bloodline had to become more secretive to be protected.
Last edited by ChrisL; 12-11-2011 at 04:20 PM.