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    nelsong
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    That’s old timey religion stuff.

     

    Yeah it certainly is and I sincerely thank you for always graciously helping to clarify this stuff, bring it up to date with the revelation – for folks like me that lack the depth of  reading experience .

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    Rick Warren
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    Thanks for the question, Rick B,

    And the interesting, thoughtful replies. When Urantia is more enlightened, surely we will know such things as where the angels land and take off, along with other details of celestial busyness. Can you imagine?!

     

     

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    Rick Warren
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    Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

    Today’s Presentation

    Paper 189 – THE RESURRECTION

    4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

    [Part 1 of 2]

       As we approach the time of the resurrection of Jesus on this early Sunday morning, it should be recalled that the ten apostles were sojourning at the home of Elijah and Mary Mark, where they were asleep in the upper chamber, resting on the very couches whereon they reclined during the last supper with their Master. This Sunday morning they were all there assembled except Thomas. Thomas was with them for a few minutes late Saturday night when they first got together, but the sight of the apostles, coupled with the thought of what had happened to Jesus, was too much for him. He looked his associates over and immediately left the room, going to the home of Simon in Bethpage, where he thought to grieve over his troubles in solitude. The apostles all suffered, not so much from doubt and despair as from fear, grief, and shame.

    (2025.3)189:4.2 At the home of Nicodemus there were gathered together, with David Zebedee and Joseph of Arimathea, some twelve or fifteen of the more prominent of the Jerusalem disciples of Jesus. At the home of Joseph of Arimathea there were some fifteen or twenty of the leading women believers. Only these women abode in Joseph’s house, and they had kept close within during the hours of the Sabbath day and the evening after the Sabbath, so that they were ignorant of the military guard on watch at the tomb; neither did they know that a second stone had been rolled in front of the tomb, and that both of these stones had been placed under the seal of Pilate.

    (2025.4)189:4.3 A little before three o’clock this Sunday morning, when the first signs of day began to appear in the east, five of the women started out for the tomb of Jesus. They had prepared an abundance of special embalming lotions, and they carried many linen bandages with them. It was their purpose more thoroughly to give the body of Jesus its death anointing and more carefully to wrap it up with the new bandages.

    (2025.5)189:4.4 The women who went on this mission of anointing Jesus’ body were: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the Alpheus twins, Salome the mother of the Zebedee brothers, Joanna the wife of Chuza, and Susanna the daughter of Ezra of Alexandria.

    (2025.6)189:4.5 It was about half past three o’clock when the five women, laden with their ointments, arrived before the empty tomb. As they passed out of the Damascus gate, they encountered a number of soldiers fleeing into the city more or less panic-stricken, and this caused them to pause for a few minutes; but when nothing more developed, they resumed their journey.

    (2025.7)189:4.6 They were greatly surprised to see the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb, inasmuch as they had said among themselves on the way out, “Who will help us roll away the stone?” They set down their burdens and began to look upon one another in fear and with great amazement. While they stood there, atremble with fear, Mary Magdalene ventured around the smaller stone and dared to enter the open sepulchre. This tomb of Joseph was in his garden on the hillside on the eastern side of the road, and it also faced toward the east. By this hour there was just enough of the dawn of a new day to enable Mary to look back to the place where the Master’s body had lain and to discern that it was gone. In the recess of stone where they had laid Jesus, Mary saw only the folded napkin where his head had rested and the bandages wherewith he had been wrapped lying intact and as they had rested on the stone before the celestial hosts removed the body. The covering sheet lay at the foot of the burial niche.

    (2026.1)189:4.7 After Mary had tarried in the doorway of the tomb for a few moments (she did not see distinctly when she first entered the tomb), she saw that Jesus’ body was gone and in its place only these grave cloths, and she uttered a cry of alarm and anguish. All the women were exceedingly nervous; they had been on edge ever since meeting the panicky soldiers at the city gate, and when Mary uttered this scream of anguish, they were terror-stricken and fled in great haste. And they did not stop until they had run all the way to the Damascus gate. By this time Joanna was conscience-stricken that they had deserted Mary; she rallied her companions, and they started back for the tomb.

     

     

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    Rick Warren
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    Good Day Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

    Fascinating the different reactions of the women and men to the Master’s death. The apostles remained hidden, fearful and sequestered, while the women were concerned about the condition of his spent shell. And Thomas, he selfishly wished to grieve alone.

    From the second paragraph of today’s reading:

    …At the home of Nicodemus there were gathered together, with David Zebedee and Joseph of Arimathea, some twelve or fifteen of the more prominent of the Jerusalem disciples of Jesus. At the home of Joseph of Arimathea there were some fifteen or twenty of the leading women believers…. (2025.3)189:4.2

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    The Gospel record associated with today’s reading has a little from each of the four, and remarkably similar except Matthew added angels and an earthquake.

    From John 20:

    1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

    From Matthew 28:

    1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

    And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

    From Mark 16:

    1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

    And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

    And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

    And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

    From Luke 24:


    1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

    And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.


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    Tomorrow’s reading is part two of Section 4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb. Mary Magdalene encounters the risen Jesus, and at first, mistakes him for the caretaker. The women run back to the Mark home, but no one will believe they met the Master.

    Overview of: Paper 189 The Resurrection

    1. The Morontia Transit
    2. The Material Body of Jesus
    3. The Dispensational Resurrection

    4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb
    5. Peter and John at the Tomb

    This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

    Listen to Paper 189: (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

    Thanks for reading. Members’ thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments, corrections and questions about today’s OPAD presentation are invited.

    #10725
    Rick Warren
    Rick Warren
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    Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

    Today’s Presentation

    Paper 189 – THE RESURRECTION

    4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb

    [Part 2 of 2]

       As they drew near the sepulchre, the frightened Magdalene, who was even more terrorized when she failed to find her sisters waiting when she came out of the tomb, now rushed up to them, excitedly exclaiming: “He is not there — they have taken him away!” And she led them back to the tomb, and they all entered and saw that it was empty.

    (2026.3)189:4.9 All five of the women then sat down on the stone near the entrance and talked over the situation. It had not yet occurred to them that Jesus had been resurrected. They had been by themselves over the Sabbath, and they conjectured that the body had been moved to another resting place. But when they pondered such a solution of their dilemma, they were at a loss to account for the orderly arrangement of the grave cloths; how could the body have been removed since the very bandages in which it was wrapped were left in position and apparently intact on the burial shelf?

    (2026.4)189:4.10 As these women sat there in the early hours of the dawn of this new day, they looked to one side and observed a silent and motionless stranger. For a moment they were again frightened, but Mary Magdalene, rushing toward him and addressing him as if she thought he might be the caretaker of the garden, said, “Where have you taken the Master? Where have they laid him? Tell us that we may go and get him.” When the stranger did not answer Mary, she began to weep. Then spoke Jesus to them, saying, “Whom do you seek?” Mary said: “We seek for Jesus who was laid to rest in Joseph’s tomb, but he is gone. Do you know where they have taken him?” Then said Jesus: “Did not this Jesus tell you, even in Galilee, that he would die, but that he would rise again?” These words startled the women, but the Master was so changed that they did not yet recognize him with his back turned to the dim light. And as they pondered his words, he addressed the Magdalene with a familiar voice, saying, “Mary.” And when she heard that word of well-known sympathy and affectionate greeting, she knew it was the voice of the Master, and she rushed to kneel at his feet while she exclaimed, “My Lord, and my Master!” And all of the other women recognized that it was the Master who stood before them in glorified form, and they quickly knelt before him.

    (2027.1)189:4.11 These human eyes were enabled to see the morontia form of Jesus because of the special ministry of the transformers and the midwayers in association with certain of the morontia personalities then accompanying Jesus.

    (2027.2)189:4.12 As Mary sought to embrace his feet, Jesus said: “Touch me not, Mary, for I am not as you knew me in the flesh. In this form will I tarry with you for a season before I ascend to the Father. But go, all of you, now and tell my apostles — and Peter — that I have risen, and that you have talked with me.”

    (2027.3)189:4.13 After these women had recovered from the shock of their amazement, they hastened back to the city and to the home of Elijah Mark, where they related to the ten apostles all that had happened to them; but the apostles were not inclined to believe them. They thought at first that the women had seen a vision, but when Mary Magdalene repeated the words which Jesus had spoken to them, and when Peter heard his name, he rushed out of the upper chamber, followed closely by John, in great haste to reach the tomb and see these things for himself.

    (2027.4)189:4.14 The women repeated the story of talking with Jesus to the other apostles, but they would not believe; and they would not go to find out for themselves as had Peter and John.

     

     

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    Rick Warren
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    .Greetings nelsong, Bonita, Bradly, Rick B, Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

    Such a divine encounter, there in the dawn light of a cool April morn, the form of a man appears, alive and well apparently, in the wake of his own death.

    they looked to one side and observed a silent and motionless stranger…. (2026.4)189:4.10

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    She mistakes him for an employee of Joseph, then bursts out in tears of fear and prolonged anxiety. But then, recognition!

    …And all of the other women recognized that it was the Master who stood before them in glorified form, and they quickly knelt before him…. (2026.4)189:4.10

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    These transformers the Midwayers mention in today’s reading were cited in Paper 29. Evidently they can transform energy from higher to lower and lower to higher.

    From Paper 44:

    …I cannot, with exclusive spirit vision, perceive the building in which this narrative is being translated and recorded. A Divine Counselor from Uversa who chances to stand by my side perceives still less of these purely material creations. We discern how these material structures appear to you by viewing a spirit counterpart presented to our minds by one of our attending energy transformers. This material building is not exactly real to me, a spirit being, but it is, of course, very real and very serviceable to material mortals….(498.7)44:0.16


    From Paper 47:


    …Though the finaliter world is a sphere of exquisite physical beauty and extraordinary morontia embellishment, the great spirit abode located at the center of activities, the temple of the finaliters, is not visible to the unaided material or early morontia vision. But the energy transformers are able to visualize many of these realities to ascending mortals, and from time to time they do thus function, as on the occasions of the class assemblies of the mansion world students on this cultural sphere…. (530.6)47:1.2

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    Jesus must have known the apostles wouldn’t believe the women, so he included Peter by name. That worked:

    …when Peter heard his name, he rushed out of the upper chamber, followed closely by John, in great haste to reach the tomb and see these things for himself…. (2027.3)189:4.13

    All four Gospel records have something of this early morning encounter and his followers’ reaction, albeit out of order, flawed or embellished:

    From Matthew 28:

    His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

    And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

    And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

    He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

    And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

    And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

    And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

    From Mark 16:

    And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

    And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

    But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

    And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

    Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

    10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

    11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

    From Luke 24:

    And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

    And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

    And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

    He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

    Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

    And they remembered his words,

    And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

    10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

    11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

    From John 20:

    Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

    Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.


    11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

    12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

    13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

    14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

    15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

    16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

    17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

    18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

    18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

     

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    Tomorrow’s reading is the last of 189, Section 5. Peter and John at the Tomb. They race to the burial site but don’t find anything except the mysteriously arranged cloth. As Mary returns, Peter and John leave, then the Master appears to Mary once more. Jesus tells her he will appear to the apostles soon, in Galilee.

    Overview of: Paper 189 The Resurrection

    1. The Morontia Transit
    2. The Material Body of Jesus
    3. The Dispensational Resurrection

    4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb
    5. Peter and John at the Tomb

    This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

    Listen to Paper 189: (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

    Thanks for reading. Members’ thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments, corrections and questions about today’s OPAD presentation are invited.

     

    #10732
    Rick Warren
    Rick Warren
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    Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

    Today’s Presentation

    Paper 189 – THE RESURRECTION

    5. Peter and John at the Tomb

       As the two apostles raced for Golgotha and the tomb of Joseph, Peter’s thoughts alternated between fear and hope; he feared to meet the Master, but his hope was aroused by the story that Jesus had sent special word to him. He was half persuaded that Jesus was really alive; he recalled the promise to rise on the third day. Strange to relate, this promise had not occurred to him since the crucifixion until this moment as he hurried north through Jerusalem. As John hastened out of the city, a strange ecstasy of joy and hope welled up in his soul. He was half convinced that the women really had seen the risen Master.

    (2027.6)189:5.2 John, being younger than Peter, outran him and arrived first at the tomb. John tarried at the door, viewing the tomb, and it was just as Mary had described it. Very soon Simon Peter rushed up and, entering, saw the same empty tomb with the grave cloths so peculiarly arranged. And when Peter had come out, John also went in and saw it all for himself, and then they sat down on the stone to ponder the meaning of what they had seen and heard. And while they sat there, they turned over in their minds all that had been told them about Jesus, but they could not clearly perceive what had happened.

    (2027.7)189:5.3 Peter at first suggested that the grave had been rifled, that enemies had stolen the body, perhaps bribed the guards. But John reasoned that the grave would hardly have been left so orderly if the body had been stolen, and he also raised the question as to how the bandages happened to be left behind, and so apparently intact. And again they both went back into the tomb more closely to examine the grave cloths. As they came out of the tomb the second time, they found Mary Magdalene returned and weeping before the entrance. Mary had gone to the apostles believing that Jesus had risen from the grave, but when they all refused to believe her report, she became downcast and despairing. She longed to go back near the tomb, where she thought she had heard the familiar voice of Jesus.

    (2027.8)189:5.4 As Mary lingered after Peter and John had gone, the Master again appeared to her, saying: “Be not doubting; have the courage to believe what you have seen and heard. Go back to my apostles and again tell them that I have risen, that I will appear to them, and that presently I will go before them into Galilee as I promised.”

    (2028.1)189:5.5 Mary hurried back to the Mark home and told the apostles she had again talked with Jesus, but they would not believe her. But when Peter and John returned, they ceased to ridicule and became filled with fear and apprehension.

     

     

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    #10733
    Rick Warren
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    Good Day Bonita, nelsong, Rick B, Bradly, Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

    …As the two apostles raced for Golgotha and the tomb of Joseph, Peter’s thoughts alternated between fear and hope…As John hastened out of the city, a strange ecstasy of joy and hope welled up in his soul…. (2027.5)189:5.1

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    Seems so odd that the Master would appear before Mary twice, and not to his own apostles, especially Peter and John. I’m not questioning his judgement, just not seeing the whole picture. No doubt there was good reason for doing so, but it is not surprising the apostles didn’t believe the women. At that time, women were presumed to be unable to accurately discern reality, they were emotional women after all. Maybe the morontia Master was testing his apostles, teaching them that he  trusted women as much as men? He does finally appear to his apostles, late Sunday evening (see Paper 191).

    From today’s reading:

    …Mary hurried back to the Mark home and told the apostles she had again talked with Jesus, but they would not believe her…. (2028.1)189:5.5

    All four Gospel records have corollaries to today’s reading:

    From John 20:

    Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

    So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

    And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

    Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

    And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

    Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

    For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

    10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

     

    From Mark 16:

    But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

    And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

    Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

    10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

    11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

    From Matthew 28:

    And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

    And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

    And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

    10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

    From Luke 24:

    And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

    10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

    11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

    12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

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    Thus ends the story of the discovery of the risen Jesus. Tomorrow’s reading is the introduction to Paper 190. The Midwayers begin to unfold the longer narrative of the 19 appearances the Master made during the 40 days following his resurrection. The introduction also has some interesting and touching details about Mary Magdalene’s “prominent” role in the resurrection.

    Overview of: Paper 189 The Resurrection

    1. The Morontia Transit
    2. The Material Body of Jesus
    3. The Dispensational Resurrection

    4. Discovery of the Empty Tomb
    5. Peter and John at the Tomb

    This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

    Listen to Paper 189: (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

    Thanks for reading. Members’ thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments, corrections and questions about today’s OPAD presentation are invited.

     

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