Jerusalem Report: Acknowlegements and Notes

Sources, resources, and random notations

Monday Morning News: Ride into Jerusalem

Daily Doodle version

Inspired by Urantia Paper 172, Going into Jerusalem

Panel 2: Attitude of the crowds
"There really was no deep significance to be attached to this superficial and spontaneous outburst of popular enthusiasm. This welcome, although it was joyous and sincere, did not betoken any real or deep-seated conviction in the hearts of this festive multitude. These same crowds were equally as willing quickly to reject Jesus later on this week when the Sanhedrin once took a firm and decided stand against him, and when they became disillusioned — when they realized that Jesus was not going to establish the kingdom in accordance with their long-cherished expectations." UP172 §3 ¶15

Panel 3: Attitude of the Alpheus twins
Alpheus Twins"To the Alpheus twins this was a perfect day. They really enjoyed it all the way through, and not being present during the time of quiet visitation about the temple, they escaped much of the anticlimax of the popular upheaval." UP172, §5 ¶11

Panel 4: Attitude of Judas Iscariot
"Judas was disgusted with the whole spectacle. To him it seemed childish, if not indeed ridiculous. As this vengeful apostle looked upon the proceedings of this Sunday afternoon, Jesus seemed to him more to resemble a clown than a king. He heartily resented the whole performance. He shared the views of the Greeks and Romans, who looked down upon anyone who would consent to ride upon an ass or the colt of an ass. … A prominent Sadducee (a friend of Judas’s family) rushed up to him in a spirit of gleeful ridicule and, slapping him on the back, said: 'Why so troubled of countenance, my good friend; cheer up and join us all while we acclaim this Jesus of Nazareth the king of the Jews as he rides through the gates of Jerusalem seated on an ass.' Judas had never shrunk from persecution, but he could not stand this sort of ridicule." UP 172, §5 ¶12-13

Panel 5: No follow-up
"As the evening drew on, they walked about the temple courts in silence, and after Jesus had surveyed these familiar scenes once more, recalling his emotions in connection with previous visits, not excepting the earlier ones, he said, 'Let us go up to Bethany for our rest.'" UP 172, §4 ¶3

Wednesday Morning News: Riot in the Temple Court

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Inspired by Urantia Paper 173, Monday in Jerusalem. Although the reporter says the temple cleansing happened on Tuesday, it was actually Monday.

Panel 2: All he did was…
Rioter"To the amazement of his apostles, standing near at hand, who refrained from participation in what so soon followed, Jesus stepped down from the teaching platform and, going over to the lad who was driving the cattle through the court, took from him his whip of cords and swiftly drove the animals from the temple. But that was not all; he strode majestically before the wondering gaze of the thousands assembled in the temple court to the farthest cattle pen and proceeded to open the gates of every stall and to drive out the imprisoned animals. By this time the assembled pilgrims were electrified, and with uproarious shouting they moved toward the bazaars and began to overturn the tables of the money-changers. In less than five minutes all commerce had been swept from the temple." UP173 §1 ¶7

Panel 5: This Jesus must die
"At the noon session of the Sanhedrin it was unanimously agreed that Jesus must be speedily destroyed, inasmuch as no friend of the Master attended this meeting. But they could not agree as to when and how he should be taken into custody." UP173 §2 ¶2

What Happened Wednesday: A Day with God in the Hills

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Inspired by Urantia Paper 177, Wednesday, the Rest Day.

Panel 1: Day of rest
"At last Jesus spoke: 'I desire that you rest today. Take time to think over all that has happened since we came to Jerusalem and meditate on what is just ahead, of which I have plainly told you. Make sure that the truth abides in your lives, and that you daily grow in grace.'" UP177 §0 ¶1

Panel 2: No guards needed
3 Stalwart Galileans“Jesus looked over the three well-armed and stalwart Galileans and said to David: 'You mean well, but you err in that you fail to understand that the Son of Man needs no one to defend him. No man will lay hands on me until that hour when I am ready to lay down my life in conformity to my Father’s will. These men may not accompany me. I desire to go alone, that I may commune with the Father.'" UP177 §1 ¶2

Panels 3-5:
"While making this speech, the temerity of which astonished some of the near-by listeners, John had made bold to hold on to the basket. There they stood, both John and Jesus holding the basket. Presently the Master let go and, looking down on the lad, said: 'Since with all your heart you crave to go with me, it shall not be denied you. We will go off by ourselves and have a good visit. You may ask me any question that arises in your heart, and we will comfort and console each other. You may start out carrying the lunch, and when you grow weary, I will help you. Follow on with me.'" UP177 §1 ¶2 — I regret abbreviating this wonderful statement, heart-of-the-sequence as it is, but, limitations of the cartoon medium, also deadlines and stuff, but mostly the limitations thing.

"Forever this occasion exemplifies the willingness of the Creator to fellowship the creature. Even a youth, if the desire of the heart is really supreme, can command the attention and enjoy the loving companionship of the God of a universe, actually experience the unforgettable ecstasy of being alone with God in the hills, and for a whole day."

Sources: Ferns in backgrounds and panel frames were plucked from Online Plant Guide. The frames have a bit of rock face chisled from Wikipedia, Pancake Rocks, NZ.

Friday Early Report: Arrested and Tried

Daily Doodle version

Inspired by Urantia Paper 183, The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus.

Panels 1-2: Easily Apprehended, but Not Apprehended Without Incident

Gospel references from King James at

Matthew 26:51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Mark 14:46 And they laid their hands on him, and took him.
47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

Luke 22:49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

John 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

"Jesus was ready to go back to Jerusalem with the guards, and the captain of the soldiers was altogether willing to allow the three apostles and their associates to go their way in peace. But before they were able to get started, as Jesus stood there awaiting the captain’s orders, Roman Captainone Malchus, the Syrian bodyguard of the high priest, stepped up to Jesus and made ready to bind his hands behind his back, although the Roman captain had not directed that Jesus should be thus bound. When Peter and his associates saw their Master being subjected to this indignity, they were no longer able to restrain themselves. Peter drew his sword and with the others rushed forward to smite Malchus. But before the soldiers could come to the defense of the high priest’s servant, Jesus raised a forbidding hand to Peter and, speaking sternly, said: 'Peter, put up your sword. They who take the sword shall perish by the sword. Do you not understand that it is the Father’s will that I drink this cup? And do you not further know that I could even now command more than twelve legions of angels and their associates, who would deliver me from the hands of these few men?'" UP183 §3 ¶7

Now revealed: Malchus cut himself shaving that morning and this was the story he told his buddies later.

Latin had no word for zero, but they had nulla, "nothing," hence, a null-tolerance policy. (In case you missed that.)


Behind the reporter is an impressive photo of the Garden of Gethsemane, one of several by Jim Eliason at Virtual Tourist.

I hope I haven't been infringingly literal in my cartoon rendition of a Roman soldier by Georgina Gibson at DeviantArt, because the image was inspiring. The sword is taken from Christian Women Online (y' finds 'em where y' finds 'em!) and I thought it really brought out the soldier's subtle point.

The Sun in the news logo is torn from a nice graphic at Freepik.

Panel 3: Betrayed by an Apostle
"He anticipated being called before the full meeting of the Sanhedrin and there hearing himself eulogized while they conferred upon him suitable honors in token of the great service which he flattered himself he had rendered his nation. Imagine, therefore, the great surprise of this egotistic traitor when a servant of the high priest, tapping him on the shoulder, called him just outside the hall and said: 'Judas, I have been appointed to pay you for the betrayal of Jesus. Here is your reward.' And thus speaking, the servant of Caiaphas handed Judas a bag containing thirty pieces of silver — the current price of a good, healthy slave." Urantia Paper 186, Just Before the Crucifixion §1 ¶2

Panel 4: Injustice in Action
"The Jewish law required that, in the matter of passing the death sentence, there should be two sessions of the court. This second session was to be held on the day following the first, and the intervening time was to be spent in fasting and mourning by the members of the court. But these men could not await the next day for the confirmation of their decision that Jesus must die. They waited only one hour." Urantia Paper 184, Before the Sanhedrin Court, §1 ¶1

"It was about half past three o’clock this Friday morning when the chief priest, Caiaphas, called the Sanhedrist court of inquiry to order and asked that Jesus be brought before them for his formal trial. On three previous occasions the Sanhedrin, by a large majority vote, had decreed the death of Jesus, had decided that he was worthy of death on informal charges of lawbreaking, blasphemy, and flouting the traditions of the fathers of Israel." UP184 §3 ¶1

Panel 5: Alexis ben Jonesiah
Some folks say he is a soothsayer whose warnings of doom should be heeded, others say he has a demon which causes him to imagine infinite conspiratorial plots. Here the brash warrior in the War of the Info is just used iconically to summarize the various hijinks involved in the awful railroading and kangaroo trial of Jesus.

Saturday Newstime: After the Crucifixion

Daily Doodle version

GrievingOur Lady of Sorrows: Star Harbor
I would have liked to throw myself into Her arms and say to Her: 'My kind Mother, do not cry! I want to love you for all men on earth.'
Pilate Bust: AnnoyzMysteryZ blog
That great Steampunk Laptop:
— c/o
That great Steampunk Cell: Andrei of Steampunker, c/o Lambert Varias on Technabob

Sunday Special Report: Reportedly Risen

Daily Doodle version

JoyousTwo brothers based on a painting by Gari Melcher.
A bit of wall from Jerusalem:
The Resurrection Window: St Paul Columbus
Temple Guard: Answers in Genesis
Open Tomb: Captivating News

We Meet Again

Daily Doodle version

By the fireHardly-noticable fisherman with net from article Fishing banned on the Sea of Galilee, BBC
Full moon over the sea of Galilee: Background Pictures
Some of the characters were lifted from an old sketch, Jesus of the Ozarks (Link is bad, 2019 Apr 4. Working on it.)


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