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The Poles of the earth. Friendship between Nicodemus and the Boy Jesus (chap. 30, The 3 Days Scene)
The question of Nicodemus about the poles of the earth. The answer of the Boy Jesus. The bond of friendship between Nicodemus and the Boy Jesus.
1] Here another elder rose and said: “What do you know then about a most distant pole of the earth? Now tell me something about it, for I already once heard something about it from a Greek who had traveled much.”
2] I said: “I know not only about the poles of the earth, but very exactly about all the eternally wide poles of all the Heavens of GOD! But to give you an idea of it, I should have to be your teacher for at least a thousand years! Therefore that would not do. But I will tell you something quite different.
3] To those who shall once be within My doctrine, I will give My Spirit that shall make them the truest children of God, and shall guide them into all truth and wisdom, and truly, infinity itself will contain nothing natural or spiritual which shall remain unknown to them.
4] If you perhaps become a disciple of My doctrine, you too shall taste of the Gifts of the Spirit of GOD, and shall get to know the poles of the earth better than you have known them up till now!”
5] The questioning elder made surprised eyes at this My answer, and took careful note of it, for he was not yet old, but one of the wisest among the elders. For the title ‘elder’ was often given to quite a young man, if he had the necessary means for it, ie, gold, and also enough intelligence. And of that there was no deficiency with My questioner. His name was Nicodemus who, later on, at the beginning of My teaching, also secretly became in all earnestness, My disciple, as is already known now.
6] This elder had secretly written all My speeches most deeply in his heart, and had paid great attention to them. He got up from his seat, came to Me and with the greatest friendliness said to Me in secret: “Dear, most lovely, marvelous Boy, if you should perhaps come once again to Jerusalem, then pay me a visit - only quite by yourself: we two shall easily get on with each other. And if your parents are in need of anything, they need only come to me. My name is Nicodemus.”
7] And I also clasped his hand in friendship and said: “If perhaps you once come to Nazareth, you also, out of all your colleagues, will be the only one who will find Me: and if you are in want of anything, then come to us, and I will help you with all that you will ever need. For the rest however I already accept the good will for the deed.
8] But as you are at the same time a permanent head of all the citizens of Jerusalem, take care that on the part of the most imperious chief-priest who did not wish to honour Me, there should not be too great oppression both inside and outside the Temple, and that I should be obliged to let judgment break forth upon this city before the time appointed.
9] Remember Me: My Name is ‘Jesus Emanuel’ and My spirit is called ‘Jehovah Zebaoth’! Now you know where you are! Confide and trust in Me and you will not see death!”
10] When Nicodemus heard these words from Me, his soul secretly exulted: but he did not let his colleagues perceive anything of it.
Acknowledging the Boy Jesus (chap. 31, The 3 Days Scene)
The speech of the Roman judge closing the session, and acknowledging the Boy Jesus. The Roman’s question about the staying away of the parents of Jesus, and His information concerning them.
1] But now the Roman Judge rubbed his forehead, and said with a very loud voice: “Listen now again to me! From all that I have now remarked concerning this Boy, what I have heard and seen of Him by means of keen observation during the last three days, there results most clearly, in a way that could be easily understood by the simplest mind, that He is most certainly a different being from us, poor, exceedingly feeble and mortal men of this earth.
2]As for His earthly birth, He belongs to the nation of Jews, that is true, and thus stands partly under the laws of the Temple, and also partly as equal of each Jew under ours. But I have taken note that the spirit of this Boy really is the foundation of all laws as well as of each state - each social and national order, and still further also of all the laws in the great nature of all matter of all spirits - laws that can never be manifested to us! He is at the same time a deeply wise and most just judge, and there is in His being nothing, no, not even one atom of even apparent wickedness. How then shall our laws have any further application to Him seeing that He is most evidently a Lord over all laws!
3]I therefore place Him free and heaven-high exalted above all our Roman laws, and just as free of all your surely insignificant Temple laws, and also declare therewith most solemnly that this Temple is much too unworthy of the reception of His holy personality; and as often as He may deign to visit wicked Jerusalem He shall find a most kindly reception in my palace which is obviously purer, along with the greatest honours that mortals can give an Immortal and Almighty God!
4]And when you condescend to come to me, I shall call out aloud: ‘Listen oh ye peoples! The greatest and highest salvation has come to my house, and to the governor of Rome’!
5]He shall take the salvation from you Jews, and give it to us heathen, and you shall be trodden under our heavy heels even in this His time, and dust and ashes shall we throw upon this place where you allow yourselves to be praised, yea formerly even adored as gods by the infatuated people.
6]I have now spoken out of my most inward conviction, and am now of the authoritative opinion that we will now raise this session, as you truly sinister Temple-officials cannot be brought to any better mind. For why waste such holy words on completely deaf ears and hearts of stone?”
7]I said: “Yet a few moments until those arrive who have been searching for Me now for three days. They will hear where I am in the inn ‘Nazareth’ which belongs to the Temple, and will come here to look for Me; I shall then go again to Nazareth with them. For as to the body I must stay with those whom I have Myself truly and faithfully chosen for that purpose.”
8]The Roman said: “But how did it happen that you could get lost to your physical parents? In my opinion, they surely must have had to accompany you there, and I even remember now that I noticed at the entrance of the examination hall of the Temple, an old and venerable man and a very pious looking woman, at your side? The little tax having been paid, it is true that they went out of the Temple with many others, after which I saw them no more; but then they must still have known that you could not have been elsewhere, but only here?”
9]I said: “Dearest friend, see, that is quite simple. I wished it to be thus, because this lay in My will and in My eternal order! For I tell you: this scene had been planned within Me already from eternity. Therefore could this take place quite naturally.
10]My physical parents expected Me as did the others, in the recognised inn, knowing well that I could not miss them; but as my foster-father Joseph had to get a smith from Damascus to make a few new tools for him, and knew beforehand that these would not be ready so quickly, and as for the sake of helping to carry them, my physically-strong mother also accompanied him, he therefore gave to several relations and otherwise well known Nazarenes the order that, in case he should return too late with Mary, they should take Me with them just as far as the next station; because, in case of a delay with the aforesaid smith, neither of them would then need to return to Jerusalem which was much out of their way.
11]Thus it was arranged and also carried out. Both of them stayed rather long and when they came to the station mentioned, they met there of course a number of well known persons, and also relations out of Nazareth, but I was not among them; and they thought that perhaps I had gone with a company that had started sooner, to reach the distant inn for the night. My parents had no difficulty in believing this, and went quite at their ease with the others. However they only arrived after midnight, and I was not there either.
12]Early in the morning they started for an inn still considerably farther off; but also there they heard nothing about Me. From there they returned here, have already arrived at our inn, and to their great consolation have discovered Me by making inquiries, and soon now they will find Me there and give Me a little reprimand.”
13]The Roman said: “Oh, they must not give you any reprimand! I will very soon enter a protest against that”
14]I said: “Oh, let everything happen that has been foretold by the prophets, you just wait, and I will then say what I think and this will be very good for them as human beings.”
15]Here the chief-priest wanted to say something further, but the Roman and our Simon did not permit it, and declared once more that the session was raised.
Answer of the Son to Joseph and Mary
CHAPTER 32 The arrival of Joseph and Mary in the Temple. The question of the parents and the answer of the Son. The friendly conversation of the Roman and Nicodemus with the parents of Jesus. In the palace of the Roman. The return to Nazareth.
1] At this moment My parents entered this special hall, lead by one of the Temple servants, and were secretly astonished above all measure to meet Me in such a very wise and highly honourable company.
2] The Roman asked them at once if I were their Son.
3] The parents answered in the affirmative with visibly great joy, but Mary - less by way of giving Me a reprimand than of showing off a little her authority as a mother before the grand worldly lord - said; (although with the kindest voice in the world): “But dearest Son, why have You done this to us? Nearly three days long have we searched for You with great anxiety!”
4] I said: “How could you do that? I already told you beforehand at home, that I should have to do here that which is the will of My Father in Heaven!”
5] Thereat, both of them were silent, and wrote these words deeply in their hearts.
6] After this the Roman told them in full detail what kind of being I was, and what I had spoken and done, and how all were surprised at the lofty wisdom and power of My speeches, as well as at the incomprehensible power of My will, and now therefore he, as one of the first of the powerful Roman authorities in Jerusalem, had got to love Me beyond all measure; and that he offered My parents to procure for them every possible advantage
7] For which especially Joseph thanked him most warmly and heartily, and recommended himself particularly as a carpenter and architect in case he should be needed, and soon afterwards he also had to undertake for the Roman, large buildings in and about Jerusalem. Joseph even received the order to make a new throne for the judge, according to the Roman pattern, and earned very much money thereby.
8] In the same way the more than wealthy Simon of Bethany assured Joseph, while still in the Temple, of his fullest friendship, after which, we arose and prepared to depart.
9] Here also the Temple officials except Nicodemus arose, made a deep bow to the Romans and went away. The latter however most kindly accompanied us to the palace of the Roman, who absolutely insisted upon our staying with him this night, and of enjoying his most exquisite hospitality, I had to bless his family and all his children and after that he said:
10] (The Roman Judge): “Only now has the greatest salvation and the highest honour come to my whole house; for the Lord of all Lords, and King of all Kings and Emperors has visited and blessed my whole house!”
11] It is easy to understand that My parents were most edified and touched at this, and they never forgot that moment.
12] After that we were conducted to the dining-hall where an excellent meal awaited us, and one which quite specially very much refreshed My parents who had become tired and hungry.
13] During this repast which lasted long, Mary had to tell the Roman all about My conception and birth, and in addition a number of dates of My childhood, at which he continually exclaimed in an enthusiasm of admiration:
14] (The Roman Judge): “And this those Temple-champions know and yet believe nothing!”
15] But after the meal we went to rest, and on the next day the Roman procured for us a very comfortable drive as far as Nazareth, and provided Joseph with abundant money for the journey. Simon also accompanied us as far as Galilee, where he had to see to some business in a market town, and thus we then arrived quite safely again at Nazareth, wherewith the Temple-scene came to an end.
16] It is known that I allowed little more to be remarked of My Divinity until My 30th year, and thus the only right and true account of the Three Days in the Temple is concluded.
Blessed be he who believes it and is not offended at it! Whoever reads it, full of faith in his heart, shall receive much blessing .
Amen. I, The Lord, say this. AMEN. AMEN. AMEN.
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