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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!
'Freedom Is Not A Longer Leash'
Extract from Jim’s preaching on July 14th
Galatians 2:16 - 20 A person is not justified by observing the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by the faith of Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no-one will be justified.
17 "If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not!
18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a law-breaker.
19 For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I’ll tell you a story based on the apostle Paul’s parable at the beginning of Romans 7:
There was once a man who always, even on the sunniest days, walked around with his wife, under an old, tatty umbrella. But one day he was seen walking around with a different woman under the umbrella.
People said that his first wife had died and he had married again. So there was shock when his first wife was seen walking around, looking fit and well and lot happier. She told everyone her name had changed from Mrs Law and she was now Mrs Grace.’’
She said she was always miserable under Mr Law’s umbrella. She could never do anything right and was always criticised. It seemed to her that just by existing she was doing something wrong. She wanted to wanted to see the sun and enjoy being in the light, not living in the dark shadow of Mr Law and his umbrella. Then she met Mr Grace.
Mr Law said she could never divorce so she died. Because she had died she was no longer bound by the marriage to Mr Law. It was completely finished. She got together with Mr Grace and got reborn. All obligations to Mr Law’s rules were gone. She was free to be herself with Mr Grace.
Mr Grace gave her his life and everything he had, She had nothing to give but herself and that was enough. Their lives were entwined and exchanged.
Paul’s parable at the beginning of Romans 7 ends with an explanation saying; ‘by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we yield to the new way of the Spirit.’
If we are dead to what once held us captive: law, rules, religion, traditions, the pressure of pretending we’re something we’re not, its all finished. It’s dead. So let it be dead and bury it.
We have a choice, live bound under its shadow or live freely in the light. Scripture says in Acts 17:28 ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ In Jesus we are one with Him.
No longer need it be, God is up there and I am down here doing my best to reach Him. We no longer need to do anything but rest in our union with the Lord.
1Co 6:17 Those who unite themselves with the Lord is one with him in spirit. That is a mystery, one plus one equals one. How can that be? The divine and the human are one.
A mystery that God is our life. We are saved by His life. The Lord is our life, the old is finished.
Reckon it dead.
We have all kinds of different shapes, forms, and fashions, all kinds of interests, all kinds of diversity, all kinds of orientation, all kinds of gender, we have all kinds of uniqueness.
We don't have to look like, act like, talk like, or be like anybody else again. We are free to be ourselves. People see our outward appearance, but we know that Jesus is living in us. And in yielding to the Spirit and the empowering of the Spirit, the Lord lives in us and through us.
Human life demands that we don’t fail and failure is looked down upon. But it is recognising our failure to please God, to be good enough for Him, where grace wins.
At the end of Romans 7 the apostle Paul admits he has failed to please God by his behaviour.
And he’s glad; because that made him rely on Jesus to make him pleasing to God. Where Paul has completely failed Jesus has completely succeeded.
When Paul’s efforts finished, Jesus’ life began. When Paul died to what held him captive, (religious law that insisted he always try harder) Jesus’ life was given the freedom to live through him.
So Paul wrote; ‘I no longer live’. He reckoned himself dead; adding ‘but Christ lives in me’, in unity, in union, lives entwined. He wrote ’I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by the faith of the Son of God.’’
Whose faith? Not Paul’s faith, but the faith of Jesus living within him, in union. Remember; it is ‘’in Him we live and move and have our being.’’
This is union, being one in Jesus. It is His life expressed through us that is the light and our testimony. It is His faith expressed though us where the power lies.
We can rely on
faith of Jesus
the Son of God, who l gave Himself for us; so that we might live, in
freedom, in unity... in Him, as one.
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