The Adolescent Years

AS JESUS entered upon his adolescent years, he found himself the head and sole support of a large family. Within a few years after his father's death all their property was gone. As time passed, he became increasingly conscious of his pre-existence; at the same time he began more fully to realize that he was present on earth and in the flesh for the express purpose of revealing his Paradise Father to the children of men.

No adolescent youth who has lived or ever will live on this world or any other world has had or ever will have more weighty problems to resolve or more intricate difficulties to untangle. No youth of Urantia will ever be called upon to pass through more testing conflicts or more trying situations than Jesus himself endured during those strenuous years from fifteen to twenty.

Having thus tasted the actual experience of living these adolescent years on a world beset by evil and distraught by sin, the Son of Man became possessed of full knowledge about the life experience of the youth of all the realms of Nebadon, and thus forever he became the understanding refuge for the distressed and perplexed adolescents of all ages and on all worlds throughout the local universe.

Slowly, but certainly and by actual experience, this divine Son is earning the right to become sovereign of his universe, the unquestioned and supreme ruler of all created intelligences on all local universe worlds, the understanding refuge of the beings of all ages and of all degrees of personal endowment and experience.

--Presented by the Midwayer Commission, from the Urantia Papers.

The Sixteenth Year (A.D.10)
This year he attained his full physical growth.

The Seventeenth Year (A.D. 11)
Jesus, then scarcely seventeen years of age, was confronted with one of the most delicate and difficult situations of his early life.

The Eighteenth Year (A.D. 12)
In the course of this year all the family property, except the home and garden, was disposed of.

The Nineteenth Year (A.D. 13)
By the beginning of this year Jesus had fully won his mother to the acceptance of his methods of child training...

Rebecca, the Daughter of Ezra
...Rebecca, the eldest daughter of Ezra, a wealthy merchant and trader of Nazareth, should discover that she was slowly falling in love with this son of Joseph.

His Twentieth Year (A.D. 14)
This year he began anew the task of further weaving his mortal and divine natures into a simple and effective human individuality.

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