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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!
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Extracts from Jim’s Preach 'In Spirit and inTruth’
Now Jesus needed to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Jesus asked the woman for a drink but there is no account of Him getting that drink. The disciples had gone into the town to get food. There is no account of Jesus eating that food.
Jesus felt compelled to go through Samaria, He had a strong feeling that God was leading Him to travel through an area Jews normally avoided. He recognised that sense of leading as He was in union with the Spirit of God.
Like Abraham before Him, this was a journey of faith, following a leading from God to a place He had not been to before. Faith can be one step at a time trusting God for what’s around the corner. Faith can also be great leaps into new, unfamiliar experiences with only one guarantee.
The guaranteed promise from God for all the people of faith; ‘I will bless you and you will be a blessing.’
I’ve experienced the fulfilment of this promise. I know that, like all His children, I’m a blessing to God. And God has worked things out so that there are many ways He has blessed others through me.
Jesus knew that it was not a good idea but a God idea to go to Sychar. It wasn’t Jesus’ will that He needed to go, it was the will of God, hence the certainty of the blessing and the need to go.
Both the woman and the disciples found out from Jesus about the spiritual food and drink that He can give. The woman and the disciples could give physical food and drink. Jesus gives us spiritual food and drink. The physical is of the earth, what Jesus gives is from Heaven.
Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman. That was shocking to Jews! They said Samaritans were unclean. Don’t let them into your synagogues! Don’t let them into your homes! You’ll get contaminated if you associate with them! They were an abomination.
But Jesus ignored religious tradition. And He was not a bit bothered that the woman He spoke to was with lover number six. He didn’t seem to care about her lifestyle. There was no judgemental attitude or condemnation or demand that she change her lifestyle. His silence gave her a freedom to be herself warts and all.
Jesus didn’t concentrate on her morality. He was more bothered about her worship of God. Jesus says we must all worship in Spirit and in truth. Worship not of the earthly realm but of the heavenly realm. Worship in Spirit, the Holy Spirit the person, and in Truth, Jesus the person.
True worship is spiritually alive and increases our sense of our spiritual life in Jesus.
Then the woman revealed her faith in the coming Messiah and Jesus told her He was the Messiah.
The drink Jesus offered to the woman was living water, the Holy Spirit to bring her alive to her union with God. His food was the will of God. In John 6:40 Jesus said ‘, ‘OUR food is the will of God for us, namely to trust in Jesus for life.’
Let’s look at the symbolism in this story: the woman and the disciples represent Christians, the church. They have food and drink they can give Jesus but its temporary, not eternal.
In our humanity we can easily get focused on trying to give Jesus things he doesn’t want, and miss what he wants to give us, and what he really wants from us.
The living water, the Holy Spirit, and the bread of life, Jesus is the staple diet of worshippers. They provide the nourishment we need to live in faith according to the will of God.
The physical food and drink that Jesus didn’t get tells us that in our humanity our man made offerings will not and cannot be accepted. In our humanity we cannot truly give anything to God. We can only return to Him what He has already given us.
We are channels for the living water and the bread of life. It comes from God returns to God. God blesses us and makes us a blessing, to Him then to others.
I have a need to touch heaven, that beautiful, timeless realm where we experience union with God. I recognise that need has been put there by God. God gives us those touches of heaven in our lives and in our worship.
Knowing we can simply be ourselves, let’s worship together in spirit and truth, open to however the Holy Spirit wants to lead us.
Lets receive spiritual food and drink from Jesus to strengthen us in our spiritual journey living our lives in Jesus. Knowing at all times the promise is assured; ‘I will bless you and you will be a blessing’.
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