Rise Up…

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Rise Up…

(Written 1979)

 

 

Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River


…Rise up…with the mornin’ dew…
and face the healing Son…
to thine own heart, now, be true…
ere before the day is done…

…Rise up…with your truest self…
be the love you see missing…
love from another is not the…well…
from which love must come issuing…

…Rise up…and acknowledge the One…
who is ever your Truest Friend…
One who whispers in the still thought-pond…
where intuition sets course to the end…

…Rise up…and with God–be one…
your Father–his love–your beginning…
his personality revealed–in the Creator Son…
whose life, here, was free from sinning…

…Rise up…to an earthly mission…
the indwelling spirit will light the way…
let not your heart be of troubled condition…
let faith carry you to the dawning day…

…Rise up…with the mornin’ dew…
and face the healing Son…
to thine own heart, now, be true…
ere before your time has come…

 

You would be neither shocked nor disturbed by some of Jesus’ strong pronouncements if you would only remember that he was the world’s most wholehearted and devoted religionist. He was a wholly consecrated mortal, unreservedly dedicated to doing his Father’s will. Many of his apparently hard sayings were more of a personal confession of faith and a pledge of devotion than commands to his followers. And it was this very singleness of purpose and unselfish devotion that enabled him to effect such extraordinary progress in the conquest of the human mind in one short life. Many of his declarations should be considered as a confession of what he demanded of himself rather than what he required of all his followers. In his devotion to the cause of the kingdom, Jesus burned all bridges behind him; he sacrificed all hindrances to the doing of his Father’s will.

The Urantia Book, Paper 196, The Faith of Jesus, (2093.1) 196:2.7

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