URANTIA RAAMAT - 128. Kiri. Jeesus noore mehe eas

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URANTIA RAAMAT   

IV OSA: Jeesuse elu ja Õpetused



128. Kiri. Jeesus noore mehe eas

Paper 128 : Jesus’ Early Manhood

KUI algasid Jeesus Naatsaretlase täiskasvanuelu varased aastad, oli ta elanud ja elas ka edasi maapealse inimese tavalist elu. Jeesus oli tulnud siia maailma täpselt samamoodi kui kõik teised lapsed, ta ei olnud valinud endale vane-maid. Ta valis küll selle konkreetse maailma planeediks, millel teostada oma seitsmes ja viimane annetumine, oma kehastumine sureliku ihus, kuid muidu astus ta siia maailma loomulikul viisil, kasvades suureks selle maailma lapsena ja maadeldes oma keskkonnas toimuvate elumuutustega täpselt samamoodi nagu teised surelikud selles ja teistes samasugustes maailmades.

128:0.1 (1407.1) AS JESUS of Nazareth entered upon the early years of his adult life, he had lived, and continued to live, a normal and average human life on earth. Jesus came into this world just as other children come; he had nothing to do with selecting his parents. He did choose this particular world as the planet whereon to carry out his seventh and final bestowal, his incarnation in the likeness of mortal flesh, but otherwise he entered the world in a natural manner, growing up as a child of the realm and wrestling with the vicissitudes of his environment just as do other mortals on this and on similar worlds.

Pidage alati meeles, et Miikaeli annetumisel Urantial oli kahesugune eesmärk:

128:0.2 (1407.2) Always be mindful of the twofold purpose of Michael’s bestowal on Urantia:

1. omandada kogemus loodud inimolendi täisväärtuslikust elust surelikus ihus, saavutada lõplikult Nebadoni suverääni seisus;

128:0.3 (1407.3) 1. The mastering of the experience of living the full life of a human creature in mortal flesh, the completion of his sovereignty in Nebadon.

2. Kõikse Isa ilmutamine aja ja ruumi maailmade surelikele asukatele ja nendesamade surelike tõhusam juhtimine paremale arusaamisele Kõiksest Isast.

128:0.4 (1407.4) 2. The revelation of the Universal Father to the mortal dwellers on the worlds of time and space and the more effective leading of these same mortals to a better understanding of the Universal Father.

Kõik muu loodud-olenditele ja universumile osaks langenud kasu oli juhuslik ja nende sureliku annetumise põhieesmärkide suhtes teisejärguline.

128:0.5 (1407.5) All other creature benefits and universe advantages were incidental and secondary to these major purposes of the mortal bestowal.

1. Kahekümne esimene eluaasta (15. a pKr)

1. The Twenty-First Year (A.D. 15)

Täiskasvanuikka jõudes asus Jeesus tõsiselt ja täie teadmisega lõpule viima ülesannet omandada kogemus oma loodud intellektiolendite madalaima vormi elust, teenides sellega lõplikult ja täielikult õiguse seda omaloodud universumit tingimusteta valitseda. Ta asus seda tohutut ülesannet täitma täie teadmisega selle kahesest olemusest. Ent ta oli need kaks olemust juba tõhusalt ühendanud üheks — Jeesus Naatsaretlaseks.

128:1.1 (1407.4) With the attainment of adult years Jesus began in earnest and with full self-consciousness the task of completing the experience of mastering the knowledge of the life of his lowest form of intelligent creatures, thereby finally and fully earning the right of unqualified rulership of his self-created universe. He entered upon this stupendous task fully realizing his dual nature. But he had already effectively combined these two natures into one — Jesus of Nazareth.

Joosua ben Joosep teadis väga hästi, et ta on inimene, naisest sündinud surelik inimene. Seda näitab ka tema valitud esimene nimi, Inimese Poeg. Ta sai tõesti osa lihast ja verest ja praegugi, suveräänina universumi saatust juhtides, kuulub Inimese Poeg tema arvukate õigusega väljateenitud tiitlite hulka. On sõna-sõnalt tõsi, et Kõikse Isa loov Sõna — Looja-Poeg — „sai lihaks ja elas Urantial selle maailma inimesena”. Ta tegi tööd, väsis, puhkas ja magas. Ta tundis nälga ja rahuldas seda toiduga, ta tundis janu ja kustutas seda veega. Ta koges kogu inimlike tunnete ja emotsioonide gammat: teda „kiusati kõiges, nagu teid endidki” ning ta kannatas ja suri.

128:1.2 (1407.5) Joshua ben Joseph knew full well that he was a man, a mortal man, born of woman. This is shown in the selection of his first title, the Son of Man. He was truly a partaker of flesh and blood, and even now, as he presides in sovereign authority over the destinies of a universe, he still bears among his numerous well-earned titles that of Son of Man. It is literally true that the creative Word — the Creator Son — of the Universal Father was “made flesh and dwelt as a man of the realm on Urantia.” He labored, grew weary, rested, and slept. He hungered and satisfied such cravings with food; he thirsted and quenched his thirst with water. He experienced the full gamut of human feelings and emotions; he was “in all things tested, even as you are,” and he suffered and died.

Ta omandas teadmisi ja kogemusi ning ühendas need tarkuseks, nii nagu teisedki selle maailma surelikud. Oma üleloomulikke võimeid hakkas ta kasutama alles pärast ristimist. Ta ei kasutanud midagi, mis ei kuulunud tema kui Joosepi ja Maarja poja inimvõimete hulka.

128:1.3 (1407.6) He obtained knowledge, gained experience, and combined these into wisdom, just as do other mortals of the realm. Until after his baptism he availed himself of no supernatural power. He employed no agency not a part of his human endowment as a son of Joseph and Mary.

Ta loobus kõigist oma inimeksistentsi eelsetest omadustest. Enne avaliku töö alustamist piirdusid tema teadmised inimestest ja sündmustest täielikult ainult nendega, mis ta ise oli omandanud. Ta oli tõeline inimene inimeste seas.

128:1.4 (1408.1) As to the attributes of his prehuman existence, he emptied himself. Prior to the beginning of his public work his knowledge of men and events was wholly self-limited. He was a true man among men.

On igavesti ja auliselt tõsi: „Meil on kõrge valitseja, kes võib kaasa tunda meie nõrkustele. Meil on Suverään, keda kõiges on kiusatusse viidud ja proovile pandud nagu meidki, kuid kes on siiski ilma patuta.” Ning et ta ise on kannatanud, kiusatud ja katsumused läbi teinud, on ta igati võimeline segadusse ja hätta sattunutest aru saama ning nende eest hoolt kandma.

128:1.5 (1408.2) It is forever and gloriously true: “We have a high ruler who can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. We have a Sovereign who was in all points tested and tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” And since he himself has suffered, being tested and tried, he is abundantly able to understand and minister to those who are confused and distressed.

Naatsareti puusepp sai nüüd täielikult aru, missugune töö teda ees ootab, kuid eelistas lasta oma inimlikul elul kulgeda selle loomulikku rada mööda. Ning mõnes küsimuses on ta tõepoolest oma surelikele loodud-olenditele eeskujuks, nagu on ka kirja pandud: „Olgu teil samasugune meel, mis oli ka Kristusel Jeesusel, kes, olles jumalikku päritolu, ei pidanud imelikuks olla Jumalaga võrdväärne. Ta loobus aga iseenese olust, ja võttes endale loodud-olendi näo, sündis inimese kujus. Ning olles sellisena välimuselt inimene, alandas ta end, saades sõnakuulelikuks surmani, pealegi ristisurmani.”

128:1.6 (1408.3) The Nazareth carpenter now fully understood the work before him, but he chose to live his human life in the channel of its natural flowing. And in some of these matters he is indeed an example to his mortal creatures, even as it is recorded: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being of the nature of God, thought it not strange to be equal with God. But he made himself to be of little import and, taking upon himself the form of a creature, was born in the likeness of mankind. And being thus fashioned as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.”

Ta elas oma surelikku elu täpselt nii, nagu elavad oma elu kõik inimperekonna liikmed, „ohverdades oma lihaliku elu päevil nii sageli palveid ja anumisi suure hüüdmise ja silmaveega sellele, kes teda võis päästa kõigest kurjast, ja tema palvet kuuldi, sest ta uskus”. Talle oli kohane olla igas suhtes oma vendade moodi, et temast võiks saada halastav ja mõistev suveräänist valitseja nende üle.

128:1.7 (1408.4) He lived his mortal life just as all others of the human family may live theirs, “who in the days of the flesh so frequently offered up prayers and supplications, even with strong feelings and tears, to Him who is able to save from all evil, and his prayers were effective because he believed.” Wherefore it behooved him in every respect to be made like his brethren that he might become a merciful and understanding sovereign ruler over them.

Ta ei kahelnud kunagi oma inimloomuses; see oli tema jaoks endastmõistetav ja ta oli sellest kogu aeg teadlik. Kuid oma jumaliku olemuse suhtes oli tal alati veidi kahtlusi ja küsimusi, vähemalt kuni ristimiseni. Oma jumalikkuse teadvustamine kulges tal aeglaselt ning oli inimlikust seisukohast loomulik arenguline ilmutus. See jumalikkuse ilmutus ja teadvustumine algas Jeruusalemmas, kui ta polnud veel kolmeteistkümneaastanegi, tema inimeksistentsi esimese üleloomuliku sündmusega. Tema jumaliku olemuse tundmise kogemus jõudis lõpule tema teise üleloomuliku kogemusega lihas, episoodiga, kui Johannes teda Jordani jões ristis, mis tähistas tema avaliku teenistuse ja õpetamistegevuse algust.

128:1.8 (1408.5) Of his human nature he was never in doubt; it was self-evident and always present in his consciousness. But of his divine nature there was always room for doubt and conjecture, at least this was true right up to the event of his baptism. The self-realization of divinity was a slow and, from the human standpoint, a natural evolutionary revelation. This revelation and self-realization of divinity began in Jerusalem when he was not quite thirteen years old with the first supernatural occurrence of his human existence; and this experience of effecting the self-realization of his divine nature was completed at the time of his second supernatural experience while in the flesh, the episode attendant upon his baptism by John in the Jordan, which event marked the beginning of his public career of ministry and teaching.

Nende kahe taevaliku järelevalvekülastuse vahel, millest üks toimus tema kolmeteistkümnendal eluaastal ja teine ristimise ajal, ei toimunud selle kehastunud Looja-Poja elus midagi üleloomulikku ega üleinimlikku. Vaatamata sellele oli Petlemma imik, Naatsareti poiss, nooruk ja mees tegelikult universumi kehastunud Looja, kuid ta ei kasutanud oma inimelu elades kunagi seda võimu ega ka taevaste isiksuste, välja arvatud oma kaitseseeravite, juhendamist kuni päevani, mil Johannes ta ristis. Ja meie, kes me seda tunnistame, teame, mida räägime.

128:1.9 (1408.6) Between these two celestial visitations, one in his thirteenth year and the other at his baptism, there occurred nothing supernatural or superhuman in the life of this incarnated Creator Son. Notwithstanding this, the babe of Bethlehem, the lad, youth, and man of Nazareth, was in reality the incarnated Creator of a universe; but he never once used aught of this power, nor did he utilize the guidance of celestial personalities, aside from that of his guardian seraphim, in the living of his human life up to the day of his baptism by John. And we who thus testify know whereof we speak.

Ent kõigi nende lihas elatud aastate jooksul oli ta siiski tõeliselt jumalik. Ta oli tegelikult Paradiisi-Isa Looja-Poeg. Kui ta oli juba oma avalikku elujärku alustanud, olles suverääniks saamiseks oma puhtsureliku kogemuse omandamise tehniliselt lõpule viinud, ei kõhelnud ta avalikult tunnistamast, et on Jumala Poeg. Ta ei kõhelnud kuulutamast: „Mina olen alfa ja oomega, algus ja lõpp, esimene ja viimane.” Hilisematel aastatel ei hakanud ta vastu vaidlema, kui teda nimetati Au Issandaks, Universumi Valitsejaks, kogu loodu Issandaks Jumalaks, Iisraeli Pühameheks, kõigi Issandaks, meie Issandaks ja meie Jumalaks, Jumalaks meie seas, kelle nimi on üle kõigi nimede ja kõigi maailmade, universumi Kõikvõimsaks, selle loodu Universumi Meeleks, temaks, kelles peituvad kõik tarkuse- ja teadmistevarad, temaks, kes oli enne kõiki ja kelle sees püsivad kõik asjad, taeva ja maa Loojaks, universumi Alalhoidjaks, kogu maakera Kohtumõistjaks, igavese elu Andjaks, Tõeliseks Karjaseks, maailmade Vabastajaks ja meie pääste Isandaks.

128:1.10 (1408.7) And yet, throughout all these years of his life in the flesh he was truly divine. He was actually a Creator Son of the Paradise Father. When once he had espoused his public career, subsequent to the technical completion of his purely mortal experience of sovereignty acquirement, he did not hesitate publicly to admit that he was the Son of God. He did not hesitate to declare, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” He made no protest in later years when he was called Lord of Glory, Ruler of a Universe, the Lord God of all creation, the Holy One of Israel, the Lord of all, our Lord and our God, God with us, having a name above every name and on all worlds, the Omnipotence of a universe, the Universe Mind of this creation, the One in whom are hid all treasures of wisdom and knowledge, the fullness of Him who fills all things, the eternal Word of the eternal God, the One who was before all things and in whom all things consist, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Upholder of a universe, the Judge of all the earth, the Giver of life eternal, the True Shepherd, the Deliverer of the worlds, and the Captain of our salvation.

Ta ei olnud kunagi ühegi nime vastu, millega teda nimetati pärast seda, kui ta puhtinimlikust elust astus täie teadmisega jumaliku teenimisse oma inimlikkuses ja inimkonna heaks nii oma hilisematel aastatel selles maailmas kui ka kõigis teistes maailmades. Jeesusele ei meeldinud vaid üks talle antud nimi. Kui teda kord Immanueliks nimetati, vastas ta vaid: „See pole mina, see on mu vanem vend.”

128:1.11 (1409.1) He never objected to any of these titles as they were applied to him subsequent to the emergence from his purely human life into the later years of his self-consciousness of the ministry of divinity in humanity, and for humanity, and to humanity on this world and for all other worlds. Jesus objected to but one title as applied to him: When he was once called Immanuel, he merely replied, “Not I, that is my elder brother.”

Jeesus allus alati, isegi pärast astumist avaramasse ellu maa peal, oma taevase Isa tahtele.

128:1.12 (1409.2) Always, even after his emergence into the larger life on earth, Jesus was submissively subject to the will of the Father in heaven.

Pärast ristimist ei olnud ta vastu, kui tema siirad uskujad ja tänulikud pooldajad teda palveldasid. Isegi vaesusega maadeldes ja rasket füüsilist tööd tehes, et hankida perele hädavajalikku elatist, kasvas temas teadlikkus endast kui Jumala Pojast; ta teadis, et on loonud taevad ja sellesama maa, millel ta nüüd oma inimelu elab. Ning taevaste olendite hulgad kogu suures teda jälgivas universumis teadsid samuti, et see mees Naatsaretist on nende armastatud Suverään ja Looja-isa. Nebadoni universumit täitis kõigi nende aastate jooksul sügav ja ärev ootus, kõik taevased silmad olid pidevalt pööratud Urantiale — Palestiinale.

128:1.13 (1409.3) After his baptism he thought nothing of permitting his sincere believers and grateful followers to worship him. Even while he wrestled with poverty and toiled with his hands to provide the necessities of life for his family, his awareness that he was a Son of God was growing; he knew that he was the maker of the heavens and this very earth whereon he was now living out his human existence. And the hosts of celestial beings throughout the great and onlooking universe likewise knew that this man of Nazareth was their beloved Sovereign and Creator-father. A profound suspense pervaded the universe of Nebadon throughout these years; all celestial eyes were continuously focused on Urantia — on Palestine.

Jeesus läks sel aastal Joosepiga Jeruusalemma paasapüha pidama. Viinud Jaakobuse pühitsemiseks templisse, pidas ta oma kohuseks ka Joosep sinna viia. Jeesus ei teinud oma perekonnaga suheldes kellelegi mingeid eeliseid. Ta läks Joosepiga Jeruusalemma tavalist teed pidi Jordani oru kaudu, kuid pöördus Naatsaretti tagasi Jordanist ida poolt, läbi Amatuse. Jordani jõe kallast mööda kõndides jutustas Jeesus Joosepile juutide ajaloost ja tagasiteel rääkis talle Ruubeni, Gaadi ja Gileadi kuulsatest suguharudest, kes pärimuste kohaselt neil jõest ida poole jäävatel aladel olid elanud.

128:1.14 (1409.4) This year Jesus went up to Jerusalem with Joseph to celebrate the Passover. Having taken James to the temple for consecration, he deemed it his duty to take Joseph. Jesus never exhibited any degree of partiality in dealing with his family. He went with Joseph to Jerusalem by the usual Jordan valley route, but he returned to Nazareth by the east Jordan way, which led through Amathus. Going down the Jordan, Jesus narrated Jewish history to Joseph and on the return trip told him about the experiences of the reputed tribes of Ruben, Gad, and Gilead that traditionally had dwelt in these regions east of the river.

Joosep esitas Jeesusele tema eluülesande kohta palju suunavaid küsimusi, kuid Jeesus vastas neile pärimistele enamasti ainult: „Minu tund pole veel tulnud.” Siiski sai neis omavahelistes vestlustes välja öeldud palju sõnu, mis Joosepile hilisemate aastate erutavate sündmuste ajal meelde tulid. Jeesus ja Joosep veetsid selle paasapüha oma kolme sõbra juures Betaanias, nagu Jeesusel tavaks oli.

128:1.15 (1409.5) Joseph asked Jesus many leading questions concerning his life mission, but to most of these inquiries Jesus would only reply, “My hour has not yet come.” However, in these intimate discussions many words were dropped which Joseph remembered during the stirring events of subsequent years. Jesus, with Joseph, spent this Passover with his three friends at Bethany, as was his custom when in Jerusalem attending these festival commemorations.

2. Kahekümne teine eluaasta (16. a pKr)

2. The Twenty-Second Year (A.D. 16)

See oli üks neist aastaid, mil Jeesuse vendadel ja õdedel tuli läbi teha noorukiea probleemidele ja kohanemisraskustele omased katsumused ning kannatused. Jeesuse vendade ja õdede vanus ulatus nüüd seitsmest kaheksateistkümne aastani ja tal oli palju tegemist, et aidata neil oma intellektuaalse ja emotsionaalse ärkamisega kohaneda. Ta pidi maadlema noorukiea probleemidega, mis avaldusid tema nooremate õdede ja vendade elus.

128:2.1 (1409.6) This was one of several years during which Jesus’ brothers and sisters were facing the trials and tribulations peculiar to the problems and readjustments of adolescence. Jesus now had brothers and sisters ranging in ages from seven to eighteen, and he was kept busy helping them to adjust themselves to the new awakenings of their intellectual and emotional lives. He had thus to grapple with the problems of adolescence as they became manifest in the lives of his younger brothers and sisters.

Siimon lõpetas sel aastal kooli ja hakkas tööle koos Jeesuse poisipõlve mängukaaslase ning alati löögivalmis kaitsja müürsepp Jaakobiga. Pärast mitmeid perekon nanõupidamisi otsustati, et pole tark lasta kõigil poistel puusepatööd teha. Arvati, et erinevat ametit pidades tekib neil võimalus sõlmida lepinguid üheskoos tervete hoonete ehitamiseks. Ning sellest ajast saadik, kui kolm neist täistööpäevaga puusepatööd alustasid, polnud neil enam kõigil pidevalt tööd olnud.

128:2.2 (1410.1) This year Simon graduated from school and began work with Jesus’ old boyhood playmate and ever-ready defender, Jacob the stone mason. As a result of several family conferences it was decided that it was unwise for all the boys to take up carpentry. It was thought that by diversifying their trades they would be prepared to take contracts for putting up entire buildings. Again, they had not all kept busy since three of them had been working as full-time carpenters.

Jeesus jätkas sel aastal majades viimistlus- ja tisleritöö tegemist, kuid veetis suurema osa ajast karavanide peatuskohas remonditöökojas. Jaakobus hakkas temaga vaheldumisi töökojas töötama. Selle aasta lõpupoole, kui Naatsaretis oli puusepatööd vähe, jättis Jeesus remonditöökoja Jaakobuse hoolde ja Joosepi koduse tööpingi taha, ise aga läks Sepphorisesse sepa juurde tööle. Ta tegi pool aastat metallitööd ja omandas alasi ääres üsna suure meisterlikkuse.

128:2.3 (1410.2) Jesus continued this year at house finishing and cabinetwork but spent most of his time at the caravan repair shop. James was beginning to alternate with him in attendance at the shop. The latter part of this year, when carpenter work was slack about Nazareth, Jesus left James in charge of the repair shop and Joseph at the home bench while he went over to Sepphoris to work with a smith. He worked six months with metals and acquired considerable skill at the anvil.

Enne uuele töökohale Sepphorisesse siirdumist pidas Jeesus perekonnaga nõu, nagu nad ikka aeg-ajalt tegid, ja seadis äsja kaheksateistkümneaastaseks saanud Jaakobuse pühalikult perekonnapea kohusetäitjaks. Ta lubas venda kõigest südamest toetada ja temaga igati koostööd teha ning võttis kõigilt pereliikmetelt ametlikult tõotuse Jaakobusele kuuletuda. Sellest päevast langesid kõik rahalised kohustused perekonnas Jaakobusele ja Jeesus maksis teenitud raha iga nädal vennale. Jeesus ei võtnud enam kunagi ohje Jaakobuse käest tagasi. Sepphorises töötades oleks ta võinud vajaduse korral igal õhtul koju kõndida, kuid tema tõeline soov oli õpetada Jaakobust ja Joosepit perekonna eest vastutama. Ta oli hakanud peret aegamööda endast võõrutama. Igal hingamispäeval tuli Jeesus Naatsaretti ja mõnikord vajaduse korral ka nädala sees, et näha, kuidas uus elukorraldus toimib, anda nõu ja kasulikke soovitusi.

128:2.4 (1410.3) Before taking up his new employment at Sepphoris, Jesus held one of his periodic family conferences and solemnly installed James, then just past eighteen years old, as acting head of the family. He promised his brother hearty support and full co-operation and exacted formal promises of obedience to James from each member of the family. From this day James assumed full financial responsibility for the family, Jesus making his weekly payments to his brother. Never again did Jesus take the reins out of James’s hands. While working at Sepphoris he could have walked home every night if necessary, but he purposely remained away, assigning weather and other reasons, but his true motive was to train James and Joseph in the bearing of the family responsibility. He had begun the slow process of weaning his family. Each Sabbath Jesus returned to Nazareth, and sometimes during the week when occasion required, to observe the working of the new plan, to give advice and offer helpful suggestions.

Elades pool aastat suuremalt osalt Sepphorises, sai Jeesus uue võimaluse õppida paremini tundma paganate ellusuhtumist. Ta töötas ja elas koos paganatega ja uuris igal võimalikul juhul lähemalt nende harjumusi ja meelelaadi.

128:2.5 (1410.4) Living much of the time in Sepphoris for six months afforded Jesus a new opportunity to become better acquainted with the gentile viewpoint of life. He worked with gentiles, lived with gentiles, and in every possible manner did he make a close and painstaking study of their habits of living and of the gentile mind.

Kuna Herodes Antipase kodulinna moraalinormid olid madalamad isegi karavanilinna Naatsareti omadest, oli Jeesusel hea meel, kui ta pärast pooleaastast Sepphorises viibimist leidis ettekäände Naatsaretti tagasi pöörduda. Rühm, kellele ta tööd tegi, pidi alustama üldkasutatavate hoonete ehitamist nii Sepphorises kui ka uues linnas Tibeerias, ja Jeesus ei soovinud Herodes Antipasega mingisugustesse töösuhetesse astuda. Ning oli veel muidki põhjusi, miks Jeesusel oli enda arvates targem Naatsaretti naasta. Kui ta remonditöökotta tagasi läks, ei hakanud ta perekonna elu enam isiklikult juhtima. Ta töötas koos Jaakobusega töökojas ja lubas viimasel jätkata kodu eest hoolitsemist. Ta ei seganud Jaakobust perekonna kulutuste korraldamisel ega kodu eelarvega tegelemisel.

128:2.6 (1410.5) The moral standards of this home city of Herod Antipas were so far below those of even the caravan city of Nazareth that after six months’ sojourn at Sepphoris Jesus was not averse to finding an excuse for returning to Nazareth. The group he worked for were to become engaged on public work in both Sepphoris and the new city of Tiberias, and Jesus was disinclined to have anything to do with any sort of employment under the supervision of Herod Antipas. And there were still other reasons which made it wise, in the opinion of Jesus, for him to go back to Nazareth. When he returned to the repair shop, he did not again assume the personal direction of family affairs. He worked in association with James at the shop and as far as possible permitted him to continue oversight of the home. James’s management of family expenditures and his administration of the home budget were undisturbed.

Niimoodi targalt ja läbimõeldult valmistas Jeesus peret ette selleks, et ta lakkab lõpuks oma pere asjades aktiivselt osalemast. Kui Jaakobus oli juba kaks aastat perekonnapea kohuseid täitnud — ja kaks täisaastat enne tema (Jaakobuse) abiellumist —, anti pere rahaasjad ja koduse elu üldine korraldamine Joosepi hoolde.

128:2.7 (1410.6) It was by just such wise and thoughtful planning that Jesus prepared the way for his eventual withdrawal from active participation in the affairs of his family. When James had had two years’ experience as acting head of the family — and two full years before he (James) was to be married — Joseph was placed in charge of the household funds and intrusted with the general management of the home.

3. Kahekümne kolmas eluaasta (17. a pKr)

3. The Twenty-Third Year (A.D. 17)

Sel aastal rahaline kitsikus veidi leevenes, sest neli inimest käis tööl. Mirjam teenis piima ja või müügiga üsna hästi, Martast oli saanud osav kangakuduja. Remonditöökoja hinnast oli üle kolmandiku tasutud. Olukord võimaldas Jeesusel kolmeks nädalaks töölt eemale jääda, et Siimon paasapühaks Jeruusalemma viia, ning see oli kõige pikem puhkus, mille ta pärast isa surma igapäevatööst sai.

128:3.1 (1411.1) This year the financial pressure was slightly relaxed as four were at work. Miriam earned considerable by the sale of milk and butter; Martha had become an expert weaver. The purchase price of the repair shop was over one third paid. The situation was such that Jesus stopped work for three weeks to take Simon to Jerusalem for the Passover, and this was the longest period away from daily toil he had enjoyed since the death of his father.

Nad rändasid Jeruusalemma Dekapolise kaudu ja läbi Pella, Gerasa, Filadelfia, Hesboni ja Jeeriko. Tagasi tulid nad mööda rannikut, Lüdda, Joppa ja Kaisarea servalt, sealt ümber Karmeli mäe Ptolemaisi ja Naatsaretti. See reis andis Jeesusele kogu Jeruusalemma piirkonnast põhja poole jäävast Palestiina osast üsna hea ülevaate.

128:3.2 (1411.2) They journeyed to Jerusalem by way of the Decapolis and through Pella, Gerasa, Philadelphia, Heshbon, and Jericho. They returned to Nazareth by the coast route, touching Lydda, Joppa, Caesarea, thence around Mount Carmel to Ptolemais and Nazareth. This trip fairly well acquainted Jesus with the whole of Palestine north of the Jerusalem district.

Filadelfias tutvusid Jeesus ja Siimon ühe Damaskuse kaupmehega, kellele hakkas see noormeestepaar Naatsaretist nii väga meeldima, et ta palus neil oma Jeruusalemma peakontoris peatuda. Sel ajal kui Siimon templis viibis, veetis Jeesus palju aega, vesteldes selle haritud ja paljureisinud ning maailma asju tundva mehega. Kaupmehel oli üle nelja tuhande karavanikaameli, ta ajas äri kõikjal Rooma maailmas ja nüüd oli ta teel Rooma. Ta tegi Jeesusele ettepaneku tulla Damaskusesse ja hakata tegelema kaubaveoga idamaades, kuid Jeesus selgitas, et ta ei saa praegu veel oma perest nii kaugele minna. Kuid tagasiteel koju mõtles ta palju nende kaugete linnade ja veel kaugemate maade üle Kaug-Läänes ja Kaug-Idas, millest karavanireisijad ja -juhid olid talle nii sageli rääkinud.

128:3.3 (1411.3) At Philadelphia Jesus and Simon became acquainted with a merchant from Damascus who developed such a great liking for the Nazareth couple that he insisted they stop with him at his Jerusalem headquarters. While Simon gave attendance at the temple, Jesus spent much of his time talking with this well-educated and much-traveled man of world affairs. This merchant owned over four thousand caravan camels; he had interests all over the Roman world and was now on his way to Rome. He proposed that Jesus come to Damascus to enter his Oriental import business, but Jesus explained that he did not feel justified in going so far away from his family just then. But on the way back home he thought much about these distant cities and the even more remote countries of the Far West and the Far East, countries he had so frequently heard spoken of by the caravan passengers and conductors.

Siimonile meeldis Jeruusalemma külastamine väga. Ta võeti paasapüha ajal uute käsuseaduse poegade pühitsemisel korrakohaselt Iisraeli kodanikuks. Sel ajal kui Siimon paasapüha tseremooniatel osales, suhtles Jeesus külastajate hulkadega ja pidas palju huvitavaid isiklikke jutuajamisi arvukate paganatest pöördunutega.

128:3.4 (1411.4) Simon greatly enjoyed his visit to Jerusalem. He was duly received into the commonwealth of Israel at the Passover consecration of the new sons of the commandment. While Simon attended the Passover ceremonies, Jesus mingled with the throngs of visitors and engaged in many interesting personal conferences with numerous gentile proselytes.

Võib-olla kõige tähelepanuväärsem neist kontaktidest oli kohtumine noore helleni Stefanosega. Noormees viibis Jeruusalemmas esmakordselt ja kohtas Jeesust juhuslikult paasapühanädala neljapäeva pärastlõunal. Kui nad mõlemad Asmoni palees ringi jalutasid ja sellega tutvusid, alustas Jeesus temaga sundimatut vestlust, mille tulemusena hakkasid nad teineteise vastu huvi tundma ning see viis neli tundi kestnud vestluseni elust ja tõelisest Jumalast ja tema palveldamisest. Stefanosele avaldas Jeesuse jutt sügavat muljet, ta ei unustanud Jeesuse sõnu enam kunagi.

128:3.5 (1411.5) Perhaps the most notable of all these contacts was the one with a young Hellenist named Stephen. This young man was on his first visit to Jerusalem and chanced to meet Jesus on Thursday afternoon of Passover week. While they both strolled about viewing the Asmonean palace, Jesus began the casual conversation that resulted in their becoming interested in each other, and which led to a four-hour discussion of the way of life and the true God and his worship. Stephen was tremendously impressed with what Jesus said; he never forgot his words.

See oli sama Stefanos, kellest sai hiljem Jeesuse õpetuste uskuja ja kelle vihased juudid pildusid varase evangeeliumi julge jutlustamise eest kividega surnuks. Stefanose erakordne julgus, kui ta kuulutas oma seisukohti uue evangeeliumi kohta, tulenes osaliselt otseselt sellest vestlusest Jeesusega. Kuid Stefanos ei osanud vähimalgi määral aimata, et galilealane, kellega ta viisteist aastat tagasi juttu ajas, oli sama inimene, kelle ta hiljem kuulutas maailma Päästjaks ja kelle eest ta pidi peagi surema, saades uue areneva ristiusu esimeseks märtriks. Kui Stefanos andis oma elu juutide templi ja selle usutavade ründamise eest, vaatas seda pealt ka keegi Tarsose kodanik Saulus. Ning kui Saulus nägi, kuidas see kreeklane oli valmis oma usu eest surema, ärkasid tema südames tunded, mis ajendasid teda hiljem liituma sama üritusega, mille eest Stefanos suri, ning temast sai aktiivne ja visa Paulus, ristiusu filosoof, peaaegu selle ainurajaja.

128:3.6 (1411.6) And this was the same Stephen who subsequently became a believer in the teachings of Jesus, and whose boldness in preaching this early gospel resulted in his being stoned to death by irate Jews. Some of Stephen’s extraordinary boldness in proclaiming his view of the new gospel was the direct result of this earlier interview with Jesus. But Stephen never even faintly surmised that the Galilean he had talked with some fifteen years previously was the very same person whom he later proclaimed the world’s Savior, and for whom he was so soon to die, thus becoming the first martyr of the newly evolving Christian faith. When Stephen yielded up his life as the price of his attack upon the Jewish temple and its traditional practices, there stood by one named Saul, a citizen of Tarsus. And when Saul saw how this Greek could die for his faith, there were aroused in his heart those emotions which eventually led him to espouse the cause for which Stephen died; later on he became the aggressive and indomitable Paul, the philosopher, if not the sole founder, of the Christian religion.

Paasapühanädalale järgnenud pühapäeval alustasid Siimon ja Jeesus tagasiteed Naatsaretti. Siimon ei unustanud kunagi midagi, mida Jeesus talle sellel teekonnal oli õpetanud. Ta oli Jeesust alati armastanud, kuid nüüd tajus, et on hakanud oma isast venda tundma õppima. Neil oli läbi maa reisides ja tee ääres toitu valmistades palju südamlikke jutuajamisi. Koju jõudsid nad neljapäeva lõunaks ja Siimon rääkis läbielatud sündmustest kogu perele hilisööni.

128:3.7 (1412.1) On the Sunday after Passover week Simon and Jesus started on their way back to Nazareth. Simon never forgot what Jesus taught him on this trip. He had always loved Jesus, but now he felt that he had begun to know his father-brother. They had many heart-to-heart talks as they journeyed through the country and prepared their meals by the wayside. They arrived home Thursday noon, and Simon kept the family up late that night relating his experiences.

Maarja läks üsna tujust ära, kui kuulis Siimonilt, et Jeesus oli Jeruusalemmas viibides suurema osa ajast „seltsinud võõraste inimestega, eriti kaugetest riikidest tulnutega”. Jeesuse perekond ei suutnud kunagi aru saada tema suurest huvist inimeste vastu, soovist neid külastada, õppida tundma nende eluviisi ja selgitada välja, millest nad mõtlevad.

128:3.8 (1412.2) Mary was much upset by Simon’s report that Jesus spent most of the time when in Jerusalem “visiting with the strangers, especially those from the far countries.” Jesus’ family never could comprehend his great interest in people, his urge to visit with them, to learn about their way of living, and to find out what they were thinking about.

Naatsareti pere tegeles üha enam oma vahetute inimlike probleemidega, Jeesuse tulevast missiooni mainiti harva ja ta ise rääkis oma tulevasest elujärgust veelgi harvemini. Ta ema ei mõelnud enam kuigi tihti temast kui tõotatud lapsest. Ta oli aegamööda loobumas mõttest, et Jeesusel on maa peal mingi jumalik missioon täita, ehkki aeg-ajalt elavnes tema usk taas, kui ta meenutas Gabrieli külaskäiku enne lapse sündi.

128:3.9 (1412.3) More and more the Nazareth family became engrossed with their immediate and human problems; not often was mention made of the future mission of Jesus, and very seldom did he himself speak of his future career. His mother rarely thought about his being a child of promise. She was slowly giving up the idea that Jesus was to fulfill any divine mission on earth, yet at times her faith was revived when she paused to recall the Gabriel visitation before the child was born.

4. Damaskuse episood

4. The Damascus Episode

Aasta viimased neli kuud veetis Jeesus Damaskuses selle kaupmehe külalisena, keda ta oli esmakordselt kohanud Filadelfias, teel Jeruusalemma. Kaupmehe esindaja oli Naatsaretist läbi sõites Jeesuse üles otsinud ja viis ta koos endaga Damaskusesse. See pooleldi juudist kaupmees avaldas soovi annetada erakordselt suur summa usufilosoofia kooli asutamiseks Damaskusesse. Ta kavatses asutada õppekeskuse, mis varjutaks Aleksandria kuulsuse. Ning ta soovis, et Jeesus teeks pika ringreisi maailma hariduskeskustesse, et pärast seda uut projekti juhtima asuda. See oli üks suuremaid kiusatusi, millega Jeesusel oma inimliku elujärgu ajal silmitsi tuli seista.

128:4.1 (1412.4) The last four months of this year Jesus spent in Damascus as the guest of the merchant whom he first met at Philadelphia when on his way to Jerusalem. A representative of this merchant had sought out Jesus when passing through Nazareth and escorted him to Damascus. This part-Jewish merchant proposed to devote an extraordinary sum of money to the establishment of a school of religious philosophy at Damascus. He planned to create a center of learning which would out-rival Alexandria. And he proposed that Jesus should immediately begin a long tour of the world’s educational centers preparatory to becoming the head of this new project. This was one of the greatest temptations that Jesus ever faced in the course of his purely human career.

Peagi tõi see kaupmees Jeesuse juurde kaheteistkümnest kaupmehest ja pankurist koosneva rühma, kes oli valmis kavandatavat kooli toetama. Jeesus oli koolist väga huvitatud ja aitas neil selle asutamist plaanida, kuid väljendas pidevalt kartust, et tema muud, juba varem võetud kohustused, millest ta ei rääkinud, võivad takistada nii suurejoonelise ürituse juhtimise enda peale võtmist. Tema heategija jäi endale kindlaks ja andis Jeesusele tulusat tõlketööd, sel ajal kui ta ise koos oma naise, poegade ja tütardega püüdis Jeesust veenda pakutud au vastu võtma. Kuid Jeesus ei jäänud nõusse. Ta teadis hästi, et õppeasutused ei ole määratud tema missiooni maa peal toetama; ta teadis, et ei saa võtta endale kohustust lasta end vähimalgi määral suunata „inimeste nõukogudest”, ükskõik kui head kavatsused neid ka ei ajendaks.

128:4.2 (1412.5) Presently this merchant brought before Jesus a group of twelve merchants and bankers who agreed to support this newly projected school. Jesus manifested deep interest in the proposed school, helped them plan for its organization, but always expressed the fear that his other and unstated but prior obligations would prevent his accepting the direction of such a pretentious enterprise. His would-be benefactor was persistent, and he profitably employed Jesus at his home doing some translating while he, his wife, and their sons and daughters sought to prevail upon Jesus to accept the proffered honor. But he would not consent. He well knew that his mission on earth was not to be supported by institutions of learning; he knew that he must not obligate himself in the least to be directed by the “councils of men,” no matter how well-intentioned.

Jeruusalemma usuõpetajad olid ta tagasi lükanud isegi pärast seda, kui ta oli demonstreerinud, et on juht, kuid Damaskuse ärimehed ja pankurid tunnustasid ja tervitasid teda meisterõpetajana ning seda ajal, mil ta oli alles tundmatu puusepp Naatsaretist.

128:4.3 (1412.6) He who was rejected by the Jerusalem religious leaders, even after he had demonstrated his leadership, was recognized and hailed as a master teacher by the businessmen and bankers of Damascus, and all this when he was an obscure and unknown carpenter of Nazareth.

Ta ei rääkinud perele kunagi sellest ettepanekust ning aasta lõpus oli ta Naatsaretis tagasi, täites oma igapäevakohustusi, nagu poleks tema Damaskuse tuttavate meelitavad ettepanekud talle kunagi kiusatust valmistanud. Need Damaskuse mehed ei seostanud hilisemat Kapernauma elanikku, kes kogu juutkonna segi paiskas, kunagi endise Naatsareti puusepaga, kes oli söandanud keelduda aust, mille kõigi nende ühendatud rikkus oleks talle kindlustanud.

128:4.4 (1412.7) He never spoke about this offer to his family, and the end of this year found him back in Nazareth going about his daily duties just as if he had never been tempted by the flattering propositions of his Damascus friends. Neither did these men of Damascus ever associate the later citizen of Capernaum who turned all Jewry upside down with the former carpenter of Nazareth who had dared to refuse the honor which their combined wealth might have procured.

Jeesusel õnnestus väga targalt ja kavatsuslikult oma elu erinevad episoodid lahus hoida, nii et neid ei peetud maailma silmis kunagi ühe inimese tegudeks. Ta kuulis hilisematel aastatel korduvalt teistelt sedasama lugu veidrast galilealasest, kes oli keeldunud võimalusest asutada Damaskusesse Aleksandriaga konkureeriv kool.

128:4.5 (1413.1) Jesus most cleverly and intentionally contrived to detach various episodes of his life so that they never became, in the eyes of the world, associated together as the doings of a single individual. Many times in subsequent years he listened to the recital of this very story of the strange Galilean who declined the opportunity of founding a school in Damascus to compete with Alexandria.

Püüdes oma maise kogemuse erinevaid tahke lahus hoida, oli Jeesuse üheks eesmärgiks vältida mitmekülgse ja suurejoonelise elukäigu moodustumist, mis paneks järgmisi põlvkondi hardalt austama õpetajat, selle asemel et kuuletuda tõele, mille järgi õpetaja oli elanud ja mida õpetanud. Jeesus ei tahtnud luua sellist inimlike saavutuste loetelu, mis võiks tähelepanu tema õpetuselt kõrvale tõmmata. Ta tundis väga varakult, et tema pooldajatel võib tekkida kiusatus kujundada religioon temast, mis hakkab konkureerima taevariigi evangeeliumiga, mida ta kavatses maailmale kuulu tada. Seepärast püüdis ta oma sündmusrikkas elujärgus järjekindlalt maha vaikida kõike, mis tema arvates võis teenida seda loomulikku inimlikku kalduvust ülendada õpetajat, selle asemel et kuulutada tema õpetusi.

128:4.6 (1413.2) One purpose which Jesus had in mind, when he sought to segregate certain features of his earthly experience, was to prevent the building up of such a versatile and spectacular career as would cause subsequent generations to venerate the teacher in place of obeying the truth which he had lived and taught. Jesus did not want to build up such a human record of achievement as would attract attention from his teaching. Very early he recognized that his followers would be tempted to formulate a religion about him which might become a competitor of the gospel of the kingdom that he intended to proclaim to the world. Accordingly, he consistently sought to suppress everything during his eventful career which he thought might be made to serve this natural human tendency to exalt the teacher in place of proclaiming his teachings.

Sama põhjusega on ka seletatav, miks lasi ta end oma mitmekesise maise elu erinevatel perioodidel nimetada erinevate nimedega. Ta ei soovinud avaldada ei oma perele ega teistelegi liigset mõju, mis ajendaks neid oma ausate veendumuste vastaselt temasse uskuma. Ta keeldus alati inimmeelt liigselt või ebaausalt ära kasutamast. Ta tahtis, et inimesed usuksid temasse alles siis, kui nende südamed reageerivad tema õpetustes ilmnevatele vaimsetele tõdedele.

128:4.7 (1413.3) This same motive also explains why he permitted himself to be known by different titles during various epochs of his diversified life on earth. Again, he did not want to bring any undue influence to bear upon his family or others which would lead them to believe in him against their honest convictions. He always refused to take undue or unfair advantage of the human mind. He did not want men to believe in him unless their hearts were responsive to the spiritual realities revealed in his teachings.

Selle aasta lõpus kulges kodune elu Naatsaretis üsna ladusalt. Lapsed olid suureks saamas ja Maarja hakkas Jeesuse kodunt eemal viibimisega harjuma. Jeesus andis teenitud raha endiselt pere toetamiseks Jaakobusele, jättes oma otsesteks isiklikeks kulutusteks vaid väikese osa.

128:4.8 (1413.4) By the end of this year the Nazareth home was running fairly smoothly. The children were growing up, and Mary was becoming accustomed to Jesus’ being away from home. He continued to turn over his earnings to James for the support of the family, retaining only a small portion for his immediate personal expenses.

Aastate möödudes oli üha raskem aru saada, et see inimene on Jumala Poeg maa peal. Ta näis saavat selle maailma elanikuks, samasuguseks inimeseks kui teised. Ning taevane Isa oligi käskinud annetumise just nii läbi viia.

128:4.9 (1413.5) As the years passed, it became more difficult to realize that this man was a Son of God on earth. He seemed to become quite like an individual of the realm, just another man among men. And it was ordained by the Father in heaven that the bestowal should unfold in this very way.

5. Kahekümne neljas eluaasta (18. a pKr)

5. The Twenty-Fourth Year (A.D. 18)

See oli esimene aasta, mil Jeesus oli perekondlikest kohustustest suhteliselt vaba. Jaakobus korraldas koduseid asju Jeesuse nõuannete ja rahalise abiga väga edukalt.

128:5.1 (1413.6) This was Jesus’ first year of comparative freedom from family responsibility. James was very successful in managing the home with Jesus’ help in counsel and finances.

Sel aastal tuli paasapühajärgsel nädalal Aleksandriast Naatsaretti üks noor mees, et leppida kokku Jeesuse kohtumine rühma Aleksandria juutidega kusagil Palestiina rannikul. Koosoleku ajaks määrati juuni keskpaik, ja Jeesus läkski Kaisareasse kohtuma viie Aleksandria tuntud juudiga, kes kutsusid teda oma linna usuõpetajaks, pakkudes talle alustuseks nende tähtsaimas sünagoogis hazani abilise ahvatlevat kohta.

128:5.2 (1413.7) The week following the Passover of this year a young man from Alexandria came down to Nazareth to arrange for a meeting, later in the year, between Jesus and a group of Alexandrian Jews at some point on the Palestinian coast. This conference was set for the middle of June, and Jesus went over to Caesarea to meet with five prominent Jews of Alexandria, who besought him to establish himself in their city as a religious teacher, offering as an inducement to begin with, the position of assistant to the chazan in their chief synagogue.

Komisjoni esimees selgitas Jeesusele, et Aleksandria on määratud saama kogu maailma juudi kultuuri keskuseks ja et juutide helleni mõttekoolkond on baabüloni omast tegelikult ette jõudnud. Nad tuletasid Jeesusele meelde mässu pahaendelist kõminat Jeruusalemmas ja kõikjal Palestiinas ning veensid teda, et igasugune Palestiina juutide ülestõus võrduks rahvusliku enesetapuga, et Rooma raudne käsi purustaks mässu kolme kuuga ning et Jeruusalemm häviks ja tempel purustataks, nii et kivi ei jääks kivi peale.

128:5.3 (1414.1) The spokesmen for this committee explained to Jesus that Alexandria was destined to become the headquarters of Jewish culture for the entire world; that the Hellenistic trend of Jewish affairs had virtually outdistanced the Babylonian school of thought. They reminded Jesus of the ominous rumblings of rebellion in Jerusalem and throughout Palestine and assured him that any uprising of the Palestinian Jews would be equivalent to national suicide, that the iron hand of Rome would crush the rebellion in three months, and that Jerusalem would be destroyed and the temple demolished, that not one stone would be left upon another.

Jeesus kuulas nad ära, tänas neid usalduse eest ja keeldus Aleksandriasse minemast, öeldes üldjoontes järgmist: „Minu tund ei ole veel tulnud.” Tema näiline ükskõiksus au suhtes, mida nad olid kavatsenud talle osutada, hämmastas neid. Enne Jeesusega hüvasti jätmist kinkisid nad talle tema Aleksandria sõprade lugupidamise märgiks ja Kaisareasse sõidule kulutatud aja ning tehtud kulutuste hüvitamiseks kukru. Ent ta keeldus ka rahast, öeldes: „Joosepi pere ei ole kunagi almusi vastu võtnud ja me ei saa süüa võõrast leiba, kuni mu käsivarred on tugevad ja mu vennad suudavad tööd teha.”

128:5.4 (1414.2) Jesus listened to all they had to say, thanked them for their confidence, and, in declining to go to Alexandria, in substance said, “My hour has not yet come.” They were nonplused by his apparent indifference to the honor they had sought to confer upon him. Before taking leave of Jesus, they presented him with a purse in token of the esteem of his Alexandrian friends and in compensation for the time and expense of coming over to Caesarea to confer with them. But he likewise refused the money, saying: “The house of Joseph has never received alms, and we cannot eat another’s bread as long as I have strong arms and my brothers can labor.”

Tema Egiptuse sõbrad asusid koduteele ja järgnevatel aastatel, kuuldes lugusid Kapernauma paadimeistrist, kes Palestiinas nii suurt segadust tekitas, oskasid vähesed neist oletada, et see on toosama suureks kasvanud Petlemma imik ja toosama veidralt käitunud galilealane, kes oli nii tseremoonitsemata keeldunud kutsest tulla Aleksandriasse suureks õpetajaks.

128:5.5 (1414.3) His friends from Egypt set sail for home, and in subsequent years, when they heard rumors of the Capernaum boatbuilder who was creating such a commotion in Palestine, few of them surmised that he was the babe of Bethlehem grown up and the same strange-acting Galilean who had so unceremoniously declined the invitation to become a great teacher in Alexandria.

Jeesus pöördus Naatsaretti tagasi. Selle aasta teine pool oli kogu tema elukäigu kõige sündmusvaesem aeg. Ta tundis rõõmu, et on ajutiselt vaba lahendamist vaja vatest igapäevaprobleemidest ja raskustest. Ta suhtles palju oma taevase Isaga ja tegi tohutuid edusamme inimmeelest arusaamises.

128:5.6 (1414.4) Jesus returned to Nazareth. The remainder of this year was the most uneventful six months of his whole career. He enjoyed this temporary respite from the usual program of problems to solve and difficulties to surmount. He communed much with his Father in heaven and made tremendous progress in the mastery of his human mind.

Kuid inimelu ei kulge aja ja ruumi maailmades kuigi kaua ladusalt. Detsembris oli Jaakobusel Jeesusega isiklik jutuajamine, mille käigus noormees selgitas, et ta on väga armunud nooresse Naatsareti naisesse Estasse ning et nad sooviksid kunagi abielluda, kui seda saaks korraldada. Jaakobus juhtis tähelepanu asjaolule, et Joosep saab varsti kaheksateistkümneaastaseks ning et võimalus perekonnapea kohuseid täita oleks talle heaks kogemuseks. Jeesus nõustus, et Jaakobus võib kahe aasta pärast abielluda, kui ta annab Joosepile vahepeal põhjaliku koolituse koduste asjade ülevõtmiseks.

128:5.7 (1414.5) But human affairs on the worlds of time and space do not run smoothly for long. In December James had a private talk with Jesus, explaining that he was much in love with Esta, a young woman of Nazareth, and that they would sometime like to be married if it could be arranged. He called attention to the fact that Joseph would soon be eighteen years old, and that it would be a good experience for him to have a chance to serve as the acting head of the family. Jesus gave consent for James’s marriage two years later, provided he had, during the intervening time, properly trained Joseph to assume direction of the home.

Nüüd aga hakkas nii mõndagi juhtuma — õhus oli teisigi abiellumiskavatsusi. Et Jaakobusel õnnestus saada Jeesuselt abiellumiseks nõusolek, söandas ka Mirjam oma plaanidega vennast isa poole pöörduda. Jeesusest noorem müürsepp Jaakob, kunagine Jeesuse isehakanud kaitsja, nüüdne Jaakobuse ja Joosepi äripartner, oli ammu soovinud Mirjamiga abielluda. Kui Mirjam nüüd Jeesusele oma kavatsustest rääkis, ütles Jeesus, et Jaakob peab tulema ametlikult tema juurde õe kätt paluma, ning ta lubas anda oma õnnistuse niipea, kui tunneb, et Marta on juba võimeline vanima tütre kohustused enda peale võtma.

128:5.8 (1414.6) And now things began to happen — marriage was in the air. James’s success in gaining Jesus’ assent to his marriage emboldened Miriam to approach her brother-father with her plans. Jacob, the younger stone mason, onetime self-appointed champion of Jesus, now business associate of James and Joseph, had long sought to gain Miriam’s hand in marriage. After Miriam had laid her plans before Jesus, he directed that Jacob should come to him making formal request for her and promised his blessing for the marriage just as soon as she felt that Martha was competent to assume her duties as eldest daughter.

Kodus olles õpetas ta kolm korda nädalas õhtukoolis, luges sabati ajal sageli sünagoogis pühakirju, käis emaga külas, õpetas lapsi ja käitus üldiselt Iisraeli riigi Naatsareti väärika ja lugupeetud kodanikuna.

128:5.9 (1414.7) When at home, he continued to teach the evening school three times a week, read the Scriptures often in the synagogue on the Sabbath, visited with his mother, taught the children, and in general conducted himself as a worthy and respected citizen of Nazareth in the commonwealth of Israel.

6. Kahekümne viies eluaasta (19. a pKr)

6. The Twenty-Fifth Year (A.D. 19)

Selle aasta algul oli kogu Naatsareti pere hea tervise juures ja kõik lapsed lõpetasid kooli, välja arvatud Marta, kes pidi Rutiga veel veidi töötama.

128:6.1 (1415.1) This year began with the Nazareth family all in good health and witnessed the finishing of the regular schooling of all the children with the exception of certain work which Martha must do for Ruth.

Jeesus oli üks jõulisemaid ja peenekombelisemaid meessoo esindajaid maa peal pärast Aadama aega. Ta oli füüsiliselt suurepäraselt arenenud. Tema meel oli aktiivne, terane ja läbitungiv — võrreldes oma kaasaegsete keskmise meelelaadiga oli see omandanud hiiglaslikud proportsioonid — ja tema vaim oli tõepoolest inimlikult jumalik.

128:6.2 (1415.2) Jesus was one of the most robust and refined specimens of manhood to appear on earth since the days of Adam. His physical development was superb. His mind was active, keen, and penetrating — compared with the average mentality of his contemporaries, it had developed gigantic proportions — and his spirit was indeed humanly divine.

Perekonna rahaasjad olid paremas korras kui kunagi varem pärast Joosepi päranduse otsasaamist. Karavanide peatuskoha remonditöökoja viimased maksed olid makstud. Nad polnud kellelegi võlgu ja esimest korda mitme aasta jooksul oli neil veidi raha ka varuks. Et see tõesti nii oli ja et ta oli ka oma teised vennad nende esimeseks paasapühatseremooniaks Jeruusalemma viinud, otsustas Jeesus Juudaga (kes oli äsja sünagoogikooli lõpetanud) tema esimesele templikülastusele kaasa minna.

128:6.3 (1415.3) The family finances were in the best condition since the disappearance of Joseph’s estate. The final payments had been made on the caravan repair shop; they owed no man and for the first time in years had some funds ahead. This being true, and since he had taken his other brothers to Jerusalem for their first Passover ceremonies, Jesus decided to accompany Jude (who had just graduated from the synagogue school) on his first visit to the temple.

Nad läksid Jeruusalemma ja tulid sealt tagasi sama teed mööda läbi Jordani oru, sest Jeesus kartis oma noort venda läbi Samaaria viies sekeldustesse sattuda. Juudas oli juba Naatsaretis olles oma kärsitu iseloomu ja tugeva patriotismitunde pärast mitu korda väiksemaid probleeme tekitanud.

128:6.4 (1415.4) They went up to Jerusalem and returned by the same route, the Jordan valley, as Jesus feared trouble if he took his young brother through Samaria. Already at Nazareth Jude had got into slight trouble several times because of his hasty disposition, coupled with his strong patriotic sentiments.

Nad jõudsid õigeks ajaks Jeruusalemma ja olid parajasti esimest korda teel templisse, mille nägeminegi oli Juudast hingepõhjani liigutanud ja erutanud, kui kohtusid juhuslikult Laatsarusega Betaaniast. Sel ajal kui Jeesus Laatsarusega rääkis ja ühist paasapüha tähistamist püüdis korraldada, oskas Juudas neile kõigile tõelise sekelduse korraldada. Seal ligidal seisis Rooma valvesõdur, kes tegi ebasündsaid märkusi ühe mööduva juudi tütarlapse kohta. Juudas vihastas, läks nördimusest näost tulipunaseks ega jätnud säärase sündsusetu teguviisi pärast tolle sõduri kuuldes kohe oma meelepaha väljendamata. Rooma leegionärid olid aga väga tundlikud kõige suhtes, mis võis vähegi tähendada juutide lugupidamatust nende vastu, ning valvur võttis Juuda kohe vahi alla. See tundus noorele patrioodile ülekohtune ja enne kui Jeesus sai teda hoiatava pilguga ettevaatusele manitseda, oli ta valla päästnud seni vaoshoitud roomlastevastastest tunnetest kantud sõnaohtrad süüdistused, mis ainult raskendasid tema olukorda. Juudas, Jeesus kõrval, viidi kohe sõjaväevanglasse.

128:6.5 (1415.5) They arrived at Jerusalem in due time and were on their way for a first visit to the temple, the very sight of which had stirred and thrilled Jude to the very depths of his soul, when they chanced to meet Lazarus of Bethany. While Jesus talked with Lazarus and sought to arrange for their joint celebration of the Passover, Jude started up real trouble for them all. Close at hand stood a Roman guard who made some improper remarks regarding a Jewish girl who was passing. Jude flushed with fiery indignation and was not slow in expressing his resentment of such an impropriety directly to and within hearing of the soldier. Now the Roman legionnaires were very sensitive to anything bordering on Jewish disrespect; so the guard promptly placed Jude under arrest. This was too much for the young patriot, and before Jesus could caution him by a warning glance, he had delivered himself of a voluble denunciation of pent-up anti-Roman feelings, all of which only made a bad matter worse. Jude, with Jesus by his side, was taken at once to the military prison.

Jeesus püüdis saavutada kas Juuda kohtuasja kohest ärakuulamist või tema vabastamist, et ta saaks samal õhtul veel paasapüha pühitsemises osaleda, kuid need katsed ei õnnestunud. Et järgmine päev oli Jeruusalemmas „püha kirikukogu”, ei söandanud isegi roomlased juutide vastu esitatud süüdistusi arutusele võtta. Seetõttu peeti Juudast kinni kuni teise päeva hommikuni pärast tema arreteerimist ja Jeesus jäi seniks koos temaga vanglasse. Nad ei viibinud templis tseremoonial, millega käsuseaduse poegi Iisraeli täieõiguslikeks kodanikeks vastu võeti. Juudas ei osalenud selles ametlikus tseremoonias veel mitme aasta jooksul, enne kui ta uuesti paasapühal Jeruusalemma tuli seoses oma kihutustööga selootide heaks. Ta oli selle isamaalise organisatsiooni liige ja võttis innukalt nende tegevusest osa.

128:6.6 (1415.6) Jesus endeavored to obtain either an immediate hearing for Jude or else his release in time for the Passover celebration that evening, but he failed in these attempts. Since the next day was a “holy convocation” in Jerusalem, even the Romans would not presume to hear charges against a Jew. Accordingly, Jude remained in confinement until the morning of the second day after his arrest, and Jesus stayed at the prison with him. They were not present in the temple at the ceremony of receiving the sons of the law into the full citizenship of Israel. Jude did not pass through this formal ceremony for several years, until he was next in Jerusalem at a Passover and in connection with his propaganda work in behalf of the Zealots, the patriotic organization to which he belonged and in which he was very active.

Kui nad olid juba kaks päeva vanglas viibinud, ilmus Jeesus sõjaväekohtuniku ette Juuda eest kostma. Põhjendades tekkinud pahandust oma venna noorusega ja selgitades kaalutletult arreteerimiseni viinud episoodi provokatiivset olemust, esitas Jeesus asja nii, et kohtuniku arvates võis noore juudi ägedal vihapurskel olla õigustusi. Hoiatanud Juudast, et ta ei oleks tulevikus enam nii mõtlematu, ütles ta Jeesusele neid vabastades: „Hoia sellel poisil parem silm peal, ta võib teile kõigile palju sekeldusi tekitada.” Rooma kohtunik rääkis õigust. Juudas põhjustaski Jeesusele veel palju samalaadseid probleeme — kokkupõrkeid tsiviilvõimuga oma mõtlematute ja mitte just tarkade patriootlike vihapursete pärast.

128:6.7 (1415.7) The morning following their second day in prison Jesus appeared before the military magistrate in behalf of Jude. By making apologies for his brother’s youth and by a further explanatory but judicious statement with reference to the provocative nature of the episode which had led up to the arrest of his brother, Jesus so handled the case that the magistrate expressed the opinion that the young Jew might have had some possible excuse for his violent outburst. After warning Jude not to allow himself again to be guilty of such rashness, he said to Jesus in dismissing them: “You had better keep your eye on the lad; he’s liable to make a lot of trouble for all of you.” And the Roman judge spoke the truth. Jude did make considerable trouble for Jesus, and always was the trouble of this same nature — clashes with the civil authorities because of his thoughtless and unwise patriotic outbursts.

Jeesus ja Juudas läksid õhtuks jalgsi Betaaniasse, kus selgitasid, miks nad polnud kokkuleppekohaselt paasapühaõhtusöögile tulnud, ja asusid järgmisel päeval teele Naatsaretti. Jeesus ei rääkinud perele oma noore venna arreteerimisest Jeruusalemmas, kuid pidas Juudaga selle episoodi kohta kolm nädalat pärast nende tagasipöördumist pika jutuajamise. Pärast seda vestlust rääkis Juudas juhtunust ise perekonnale. Ta ei unustanud kunagi kannatlikkust, mida tema isalik vend kogu selle raske katsumuse ajal oli ilmutanud.

128:6.8 (1416.1) Jesus and Jude walked over to Bethany for the night, explaining why they had failed to keep their appointment for the Passover supper, and set out for Nazareth the following day. Jesus did not tell the family about his young brother’s arrest at Jerusalem, but he had a long talk with Jude about this episode some three weeks after their return. After this talk with Jesus Jude himself told the family. He never forgot the patience and forbearance his brother-father manifested throughout the whole of this trying experience.

See oli viimane paasapüha, mida Jeesus pühitses koos mõne oma perekonnaliikmega. Inimese Pojal oli määratud üha enam eralduda lähedastest suhetest omaenda liha ja verega.

128:6.9 (1416.2) This was the last Passover Jesus attended with any member of his own family. Increasingly the Son of Man was to become separated from close association with his own flesh and blood.

Sel aastal katkestas Rutt oma mängukaaslastega sageli tema sügavad mõtisklused. Ning Jeesus oli alati valmis oma mõtteid tulevasest tööst maailma ja universumi heaks edasi lükkama, et jagada laste rõõmu ja heameelt, sest nad ei väsinud kunagi kuulamast Jeesuse jutustusi tema erinevatest reisidest Jeruusalemma. Neile meeldisid väga ka tema lood loomadest ja loodusest.

128:6.10 (1416.3) This year his seasons of deep meditation were often broken into by Ruth and her playmates. And always was Jesus ready to postpone the contemplation of his future work for the world and the universe that he might share in the childish joy and youthful gladness of these youngsters, who never tired of listening to Jesus relate the experiences of his various trips to Jerusalem. They also greatly enjoyed his stories about animals and nature.

Lapsed olid remonditöökojas alati teretulnud. Jeesus tõi töökoja seina äärde liiva, puupakke ja kive ning seal oli alati mängimas trobikond lapsi. Mängust tüdinenud, piilusid julgemad neist töökotta ja kui selle pidajal polnud parajasti palju tegemist, söandasid nad sisse astuda ning paluda: „Onu Joosua, tule välja ja räägi meile üks pikk jutt.” Siis vedasid nad ta kättpidi välja, ta istus oma lemmikkivile töökoja nurga juures ja lapsed poolringis tema ette. Ja kuidas lapsed oma onu Joosuast rõõmu tundsid! Nad õppisid naerma, südamest naerma. Üks või kaks väiksemat last ronis tavaliselt talle sülle ja istus seal, silmitsedes imetlevalt tema väljendusrikkaid näojooni, kui ta oma lugusid jutustas. Lapsed armastasid Jeesust ja Jeesus armastas lapsi.

128:6.11 (1416.4) The children were always welcome at the repair shop. Jesus provided sand, blocks, and stones by the side of the shop, and bevies of youngsters flocked there to amuse themselves. When they tired of their play, the more intrepid ones would peek into the shop, and if its keeper were not busy, they would make bold to go in and say, “Uncle Joshua, come out and tell us a big story.” Then they would lead him out by tugging at his hands until he was seated on the favorite rock by the corner of the shop, with the children on the ground in a semicircle before him. And how the little folks did enjoy their Uncle Joshua. They were learning to laugh, and to laugh heartily. It was customary for one or two of the smallest of the children to climb upon his knees and sit there, looking up in wonderment at his expressive features as he told his stories. The children loved Jesus, and Jesus loved the children.

Ta sõpradel oli raske aru saada tema intellektuaalse tegevuse ulatusest — kuidas võis ta sügavamõtteliselt poliitiliselt, filosoofiliselt või usuteemaliselt arutelult nii äkki ja täielikult üle minna muretule ja rõõmsale mängule nende viie- kuni kümneaastaste lastega. Kui ta omad vennad-õed suureks kasvasid ja tal rohkem vaba aega tekkis ning lapselapsi polnud veel sündinud, pööras ta neile väikestele palju tähelepanu. Aga ta ei elanud maa peal nii kaua, et oleks saanud lapselastest väga palju rõõmu tunda.

128:6.12 (1416.5) It was difficult for his friends to comprehend the range of his intellectual activities, how he could so suddenly and so completely swing from the profound discussion of politics, philosophy, or religion to the lighthearted and joyous playfulness of these tots of from five to ten years of age. As his own brothers and sisters grew up, as he gained more leisure, and before the grandchildren arrived, he paid a great deal of attention to these little ones. But he did not live on earth long enough to enjoy the grandchildren very much.

7. Kahekümne kuues eluaasta (20. a pKr)

7. The Twenty-Sixth Year (A.D. 20)

Selle aasta algul sai Jeesus Naatsaretlane kindlalt teadlikuks oma mitmekülgsetest potentsiaalsetest võimetest. Ent ta oli niisama veendunud ka selles, et talle kui Inimese Poja isiksusele pole määratud neid võimeid rakendada, vähemalt seni, kuni tema tund pole veel tulnud.

128:7.1 (1416.6) As this year began, Jesus of Nazareth became strongly conscious that he possessed a wide range of potential power. But he was likewise fully persuaded that this power was not to be employed by his personality as the Son of Man, at least not until his hour should come.

Ta mõtles sel ajal palju, kuid rääkis vähe oma suhetest taevase Isaga. Selle mõttetöö tulemusena tehtud järeldusi väljendas ta kord oma palves mäel, öeldes: „Olenemata sellest, kes ma olen ja missugust võimu ma oman või ei oma, allun ma alati ja olen alati allunud oma Paradiisi-Isa tahtele.” Kui aga see mees Naatsaretis tööle ja töölt koju kõndis, oli siiski — tohutu suure universumi jaoks — sõna-sõnalt õige, et „temas peituvad kõik tarkuse ja teadmiste aarded”.

128:7.2 (1417.1) At this time he thought much but said little about the relation of himself to his Father in heaven. And the conclusion of all this thinking was expressed once in his prayer on the hilltop, when he said: “Regardless of who I am and what power I may or may not wield, I always have been, and always will be, subject to the will of my Paradise Father.” And yet, as this man walked about Nazareth to and from his work, it was literally true — as concerned a vast universe — that “in him were hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Kogu selle aasta kulgesid kogu perekonna asjad ladusalt, välja arvatud Juudal. Jaakobusel oli olnud juba aastaid probleeme oma noorima vennaga, kes ei kippunud rahulikult tööle asuma, nii et tema osale kodu kulutuste katmisel ei saanud loota. Ta soovis küll kodus elada, mitte aga kohusetundlikult teenida oma osa perekonna elatamiseks.

128:7.3 (1417.2) All this year the family affairs ran smoothly except for Jude. For years James had trouble with his youngest brother, who was not inclined to settle down to work nor was he to be depended upon for his share of the home expenses. While he would live at home, he was not conscientious about earning his share of the family upkeep.

Jeesus oli rahumeelne mees ja Juuda sõjakad vägiteod ning arvukad patriotismipursked valmistasid talle ikka ja jälle piinlikkust. Jaakobus ja Joosep pooldasid tema kodunt väljaajamist, kuid Jeesus polnud sellega nõus. Iga kord, kui nende kannatlikkus tõsiselt proovile pandi, soovitas Jeesus neile üksnes: „Olge kannatlikud. Andke tarka nõu ja elavat eeskuju, et teie noor vend võiks kõigepealt tundma õppida paremat teguviisi ja olla siis sunnitud teid selles järgima.” Jeesuse tark ja armastav nõuanne hoidis ära lõhe tekkimise perekonnas, nad jäid kokku. Kuid Juudase meel kainenes alles pärast abiellumist.

128:7.4 (1417.3) Jesus was a man of peace, and ever and anon was he embarrassed by Jude’s belligerent exploits and numerous patriotic outbursts. James and Joseph were in favor of casting him out, but Jesus would not consent. When their patience would be severely tried, Jesus would only counsel: “Be patient. Be wise in your counsel and eloquent in your lives, that your young brother may first know the better way and then be constrained to follow you in it.” The wise and loving counsel of Jesus prevented a break in the family; they remained together. But Jude never was brought to his sober senses until after his marriage.

Maarja rääkis Jeesuse tulevasest missioonist harva. Alati, kui seda teemat mainiti, vastas Jeesus ainult: „Minu tund pole veel tulnud.” Jeesus oli peaaegu lõpule viinud raske ülesande võõrutada oma pere sõltumisest oma isiksuse vahetust kohalviibimisest. Ta oli kiiresti valmistumas päevaks, mil sellest Naatsareti kodust lahkuda, et alustada aktiivset eeltööd tõeliseks inimeste teenimiseks.

128:7.5 (1417.4) Mary seldom spoke of Jesus’ future mission. Whenever this subject was referred to, Jesus only replied, “My hour has not yet come.” Jesus had about completed the difficult task of weaning his family from dependence on the immediate presence of his personality. He was rapidly preparing for the day when he could consistently leave this Nazareth home to begin the more active prelude to his real ministry for men.

Ärge kunagi kaotage silmist asjaolu, et Jeesuse esmane missioon tema seitsmendal annetumisel oli loodud-olendi kogemuste omandamine, Nebadoni suverääniks saamine. Ning just nende kogemuste kogumisel andis ta Urantiale ja kogu oma kohalikule universumile ülima ilmutuse Paradiisi-Isast. Seoses nende eesmärkidega võttis ta endale ka kohustuse lahendada selle planeedi sasipuntrad, mis seondusid Luciferi mässuga.

128:7.6 (1417.5) Never lose sight of the fact that the prime mission of Jesus in his seventh bestowal was the acquirement of creature experience, the achievement of the sovereignty of Nebadon. And in the gathering of this very experience he made the supreme revelation of the Paradise Father to Urantia and to his entire local universe. Incidental to these purposes he also undertook to untangle the complicated affairs of this planet as they were related to the Lucifer rebellion.

Jeesusel oli sel aastal tavalisest rohkem vaba aega ja ta pühendas palju päevi sellele, et õpetada Jaakobusele töökoja pidamist ja Joosepile koduste asjade juhtimist. Maarja tundis, et poeg valmistub nende juurest lahkuma. Kuhu ta siis kavatses minna? Mida tegema? Ta oli juba peaaegu loobunud mõttest, et Jeesus on messias. Ta ei saanud pojast aru, ta lihtsalt ei suutnud oma esmasündinud poega mõista.

128:7.7 (1417.6) This year Jesus enjoyed more than usual leisure, and he devoted much time to training James in the management of the repair shop and Joseph in the direction of home affairs. Mary sensed that he was making ready to leave them. Leave them to go where? To do what? She had about given up the thought that Jesus was the Messiah. She could not understand him; she simply could not fathom her first-born son.

Jeesus veetis sel aastal üsna palju aega iga perekonnaliikmega. Ta viis neid sageli pikkadele jalutuskäikudele mäkke ja maateedele. Enne viljakoristust viis ta Juuda Naatsaretist lõunas elava talunikust onu juurde, kuid Juudas ei jäänud pärast viljakoristust sinna kauaks. Ta põgenes ja Siimon leidis ta hiljem kalurite seast järve äärest. Kui Siimon ta koju tagasi tõi, rääkis Jeesus ärajooksnud poisiga ning kuulnud, et Juudas soovib kaluriks saada, läks koos temaga Magdalasse ja andis ta ühe kalurist sugulase hoolde. Juudas töötas sellest ajast kuni abiellumiseni üsna hästi ja korrapäraselt ning jäi kaluriks ka pärast abiellumist.

128:7.8 (1417.7) Jesus spent a great deal of time this year with the individual members of his family. He would take them for long and frequent strolls up the hill and through the countryside. Before harvest he took Jude to the farmer uncle south of Nazareth, but Jude did not remain long after the harvest. He ran away, and Simon later found him with the fishermen at the lake. When Simon brought him back home, Jesus talked things over with the runaway lad and, since he wanted to be a fisherman, went over to Magdala with him and put him in the care of a relative, a fisherman; and Jude worked fairly well and regularly from that time on until his marriage, and he continued as a fisherman after his marriage.

Viimaks oli saabunud päev, mil kõik Jeesuse vennad olid endale elutöö valinud ja asunud seda tegema. Jeesuse kodunt lahkumiseks olid kõik tingimused olemas.

128:7.9 (1418.1) At last the day had come when all Jesus’ brothers had chosen, and were established in, their lifework. The stage was being set for Jesus’ departure from home.

Novembris peeti korraga kahed pulmad. Abiellusid Jaakobus ja Esta ning Mirjam ja Jaakob. See oli tõesti rõõmus sündmus. Isegi Maarja oli kord jälle õnnelik, ehkki ta adus aeg-ajalt, et Jeesus valmistub lahkuma. Ta kannatas suure teadmatusekoorma all: kui Jeesus ainult istuks ja arutaks kõike temaga vabalt, nagu ta seda poisina oli teinud, aga ta oli pidevalt sõnaaher ega soovinud tulevikust rääkida.

128:7.10 (1418.2) In November a double wedding occurred. James and Esta, and Miriam and Jacob were married. It was truly a joyous occasion. Even Mary was once more happy except every now and then when she realized that Jesus was preparing to go away. She suffered under the burden of a great uncertainty: If Jesus would only sit down and talk it all over freely with her as he had done when he was a boy, but he was consistently uncommunicative; he was profoundly silent about the future.

Jaakobus kolis oma pruudi Estaga neiu isa kingitud väikesesse kenasse kodusse linna lääneosas. Ta jätkas küll oma ema pere toetamist, kuid abiellumise tõttu endisest poole väiksema summaga, ja Jeesus seadis Joosepi ametlikult perekonnapeaks. Juudas saatis nüüd ustavalt iga kuu koju omapoolse rahasumma. Jaakobuse ja Mirjami abiellumine oli Juudale väga hästi mõjunud ja kui ta järgmisel päeval pärast topeltpulmi jälle kalapüügipaika tagasi läks, kinnitas ta Joosepile, et see võib tema peale loota, sest ta „täidab täielikult oma kohust ja veel enamgi, kui vaja.” Ning ta pidas oma sõna.

128:7.11 (1418.3) James and his bride, Esta, moved into a neat little home on the west side of town, the gift of her father. While James continued his support of his mother’s home, his quota was cut in half because of his marriage, and Joseph was formally installed by Jesus as head of the family. Jude was now very faithfully sending his share of funds home each month. The weddings of James and Miriam had a very beneficial influence on Jude, and when he left for the fishing grounds, the day after the double wedding, he assured Joseph that he could depend on him “to do my full duty, and more if it is needed.” And he kept his promise.

Mirjam elas Jaakobi kodus Maarja naabermajas, vanem Jaakob oli juba oma esivanemate juurde puhkama viidud. Marta asus kodus Mirjami kohale ja enne aasta lõppu toimis uus elukorraldus juba ladusalt.

128:7.12 (1418.4) Miriam lived next door to Mary in the home of Jacob, Jacob the elder having been laid to rest with his fathers. Martha took Miriam’s place in the home, and the new organization was working smoothly before the year ended.

Järgmisel päeval pärast topeltpulmi oli Jeesusel Jaakobusega tähtis jutuajamine. Ta usaldas Jaakobusele, et valmistub kodust lahkuma. Ta andis töökoja täielikult Jaakobuse valdusse, loobus ametlikult ja pühalikult Joosepi perekonna pea seisusest ja seadis väga liigutavalt oma venna Jaakobuse „minu isa perekonna peaks ja kaitsjaks”. Ta koostas salajase kokkuleppe, et vastutasuks kingiks saadud töökoja eest võtab Jaakobus nüüd enda peale täieliku rahalise vastutuse perekonna eest, vabastades Jeesuse kõigist sellekohastest kohustustest, ja nad mõlemad kirjutasid sellele alla. Kui lepingule oli alla kirjutatud ja eelarve koostatud nii, et perekonna tegelikud kulutused kaetakse edaspidi ilma Jeesuse-poolse panuseta, ütles Jeesus Jaakobusele: „Mu poeg, ma saadan siiski ka edaspidi iga kuu midagi, kuni mu tund pole veel tulnud, kuid sina kasuta minu poolt saadetavat nii, nagu olukord nõuab. Kasuta minu raha perekonna vajaduste või meelelahutuste tarbeks, nii nagu sa vajalikuks pead. Kasuta seda haiguse korral või kata sellega ootamatud kulutused, mis mõnel perekonnaliikmel võivad tekkida.”

128:7.13 (1418.5) The day after this double wedding Jesus held an important conference with James. He told James, confidentially, that he was preparing to leave home. He presented full title to the repair shop to James, formally and solemnly abdicated as head of Joseph’s house, and most touchingly established his brother James as “head and protector of my father’s house.” He drew up, and they both signed, a secret compact in which it was stipulated that, in return for the gift of the repair shop, James would henceforth assume full financial responsibility for the family, thus releasing Jesus from all further obligations in these matters. After the contract was signed, after the budget was so arranged that the actual expenses of the family would be met without any contribution from Jesus, Jesus said to James: “But, my son, I will continue to send you something each month until my hour shall have come, but what I send shall be used by you as the occasion demands. Apply my funds to the family necessities or pleasures as you see fit. Use them in case of sickness or apply them to meet the unexpected emergencies which may befall any individual member of the family.”

Nii oli Jeesus valmis astuma oma täiskasvanuelu teise, kodust eemal veedetud etappi enne oma Isa ülesannete täitmisele asumist.

128:7.14 (1418.6) And thus did Jesus make ready to enter upon the second and home-detached phase of his adult life before the public entrance upon his Father’s business.





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