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Big Jesus wins award for the 'best community entry' in the parade.
We had a unique perspective on Jesus, His fame and renown. If the crowds were silenced even the stones would have cried out to Him. This must be what it was like for Jesus to enter Jerusalem, re-enacted for the benefit of his LGBT people... What does this say for us and for Him?
Photos of ‘Big Jesus’ appeared in ‘The Guardian’ photos of Pride around the world!
Your Five A Day: Early Middle Ages, church rules;
1 Throughout the Middle Ages people were not to have sex on Sundays, because that was the Lord’s Day.
2 Also on Thursdays and Fridays, which were supposed to be days preparing for Communion.
3 To have sex with your spouse, only one type of position – the Missionary – was allowed, on the basis that this provided the least pleasure for the couple.
4 He who defiles himself (masturbates); he is to abstain from meat for four days.
5 If he is a boy and does it often, either he is to fast 20 days or one is to whip him.
Extracts from Jim’s Preach ‘Completely Finished’
God appointed His Son heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father"? Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son"? Hebrews 1:2- 5
Last week we learned that God’s Son finished God’s business. Tonight’s reading tells us the Son has inherited the business, the business of reconciling humanity to God.
Hebrews chapters 1 and 2 tell of the glory and supremacy of Son of God and says ‘God put everything under His governance and left nothing that is not subject to him.’
Then in Heb 2:9 the writer mentions for the first time the Son of Man, in His humanity.
The Son who is the ‘radiance of God’s glory’; the image of God Himself, worshipped by angels came as a man who tasted death on our behalf. But Jesus only tasted the death. Death could not swallow Him so He ensured that death could not swallow us His saints.
My early Christian experience was the gospel of fear, of guilt, of shame; the bad news of recrimination not the good news of reconciliation. No wonder I left the church.
My church had focused on Jesus’ suffering and death and my part in causing that because of my sins. It seemed the business of God was accusation and blame. The false message was that the Holy Spirit’s job is to keep us focusing on where we had gone wrong.
Heb 2:9 begins, ‘But we see Jesus’. Not what He has done but who He is. He said ‘see me and you see the Father’. In Mt 16 it tells us that the disciples did see.
It was only when they took their eyes off the Son of God that they ran away.
It is only when I took my eyes off the Son of God that I ran away.
When I focused on sin, the Son of Man, the cross, His death, I was looking in the wrong place. I was looking at Jesus the human being.
Jesus cried out on the cross ‘My God why have you forsaken Me’. God wasn’t looking. Why were all his followers from then until now still looking to the cross?
God did not look at a dead man, God looks at His living Son. The Son of Man suffered and died, the Son of God arose and lives. Heb 2:9 says ‘But we see Jesus’, not dying or dead, but alive.
Jesus not on a cross but on a throne. Jesus the King, Sovereign over all.
The book of Hebrews explains the true purpose of the law of Moses. The writer explains that the Law of Moses with its religious practices was only a shadow of the reality that was to come. Like everything in the law, the temple furnishings, ceremonies, feasts and celebrations were all symbolic.
And all are fulfilled in Jesus. Everything was focused on the centre of the Temple where God lived. No one focused on the altar and the sacrifices. They were just a means of getting to the centre.
The centre was where the glory was. The purpose of the law and temple worship was to keep God’s people in a relationship with Him. As long as the temple worship was correctly practised, the relationship was assured, and for long periods of time it worked.
People always broke the religious laws but the law foresaw that and had them covered. The High Priest, had to stay pure. He carried out the intricate ceremonies, confessions and sacrifice of atonement to return all the people to right relationship with God, no matter what laws they had broken.
God reconciled all the people to Himself through the actions of the High Priest. Once a year the High Priest did what was needed to reconcile all the people to God. So God and His people were united, no matter what their faults. The atonement ceremonies took care of those.
Unfortunately this only lasted a year and all had to be repeated year after year. The High Priest had to confess sins, perform the ceremonies and sacrifices year after year after year.
Hebrews tells us that this has now all been fulfilled in Jesus for all time. Jesus had provided the perfect sacrifice that is sufficient for all time. No more confessions, ceremonies or sacrifices. No need for any repetition. Ever.
My old church told me that I had to keep myself pure, I had to repeatedly make confessions. But it wasn’t true. We don’t have to because Jesus our High Priest has taken care of it all, for ever.
At this death on earth Jesus declared ‘it is finished’. The book of Hebrews declares it is also finished in Heaven. Jesus has brought us into relationship with God for all time.
Jesus is our Sacrifice, our Sovereign, our High Priest, our Intermediary; not for a year, but for now and for ever. It is completely finished. We are reconciled to God eternally, we are one with Him, we are His children, both now and for eternity, in Jesus.
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