The Last Temple Discourse



SHORTLY after two o’clock on this Tuesday afternoon, Jesus, accompanied by eleven apostles, Joseph of Arimathea, the thirty Greeks, and certain other disciples, arrived at the temple and began the delivery of his last address in the courts of the sacred edifice. This discourse was intended to be his last appeal to the Jewish people and the final indictment of his vehement enemies and would-be destroyers — the scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees, and the chief rulers of Israel. Throughout the forenoon the various groups had had an opportunity to question Jesus; this afternoon no one asked him a question.

As the Master began to speak, the temple court was quiet and orderly. The money-changers and the merchandisers had not dared again to enter the temple since Jesus and the aroused multitude had driven them out the previous day. Before beginning the discourse, Jesus tenderly looked down upon this audience which was so soon to hear his farewell public address of mercy to mankind coupled with his last denunciation of the false teachers and the bigoted rulers of the Jews.



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



The Discourse
“This long time have I been with you, going up and down in the land proclaiming the Father’s love for the children of men...


Status of the Individual Jews
The Father and his Creator Son have never ceased to love the Jews.


The Fateful Sanhedrin Meeting
The passing of death sentence (even before his trial) upon the Son of God was the Sanhedrin’s reply...


The Situation in Jerusalem
...all Jerusalem was given over to the serious and suppressed discussion of just one question: “What will they do with Jesus?”


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