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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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An open letter to The Bishop of Blackburn
From The Rev. Canon Andrew Sage and The Rev. Tracy Charnock.
Ref. Franklin Graham Mission, 2018
Dear Bishop Julian,
You will no doubt have seen the recent ‘row’ between Donald Trump and our Prime Minister. This has of course been precipitated by Mr Trump re-tweeting the hateful (and inaccurate) posts of the extreme Right Wing and Islamophobic ‘Britain First’ organisation. Perhaps you may also have noted two other associated and related issues.
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Extract from Jim’s Preach ''The Bling"
‘Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Jesus is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.
For it pleased the Father that in His Son should all fullness dwell.’ Colossians 1:15 - 19
Bling is slang for jewellery, especially the flash of light that comes from a diamond when it catches the light. Verse 3 of Hebrews 1, says that Jesus ‘is the radiance of God’s glory’ another bible version says ‘the brightness of Gods glory’.
If we liken the glory to a diamond, Jesus is the ‘bling’ of Gods Glory!
The psalmist wrote that, ‘the heavens declare the glory of God the firmament shows God’s handiwork’. To put that another way, the universe and what is invisible to the human eye speaks of who God is; and what we see around us, shows us what God has done. And note the grandeur of the heavens, the universe, only speaks of the glory, It is not God’s glory, it only speaks of His glory.
The Glory is beyond words and beyond our imagining. We have haven’t the words capable to describe the fullness of the Glory of God. And Jesus is the radiance, the bling, of that unimaginable, indescribable glory.
The universe can only speak of God’s glory; Jesus though is above and beyond the cosmos, Jesus is sovereign over it, sustaining all that is seen and unseen.
The King of Glory is sovereign over all things, not limited by the laws of nature, the law of gravity, the law of physics, the law of thermodynamics, the law of time and space, the law of… ...everything and anything.
The letter to the Hebrews was written to Jews and it says that Jesus greater than the angels, Jesus is greater than Moses, who the Jews revered, and greater than Aaron, the first High Priest.
The earthly priesthood worshipped in the temple here on earth, the greater Royal Priest Jesus does not worship, but is worshipped, in the Heavenly Temple.
The earthly temple was built with dead stones and with its trappings, the feasts and ceremonies, the rituals and traditions it was only a shadow of the reality.
The earthly way depended upon humanity to do it all, the heavenly way depends on the Saviour King who has done it all.
A new and greater High Priest brought in a new way of worship. Obedience and human endeavour was the earthly way, faith in Jesus is the greater heavenly way.
Hebrews 11 is a list of people of faith, shockingly the list includes, as people of faith, people who had every human weakness. It includes drunkards, liars, prostitutes, cowards, adulterers and murderers. They but they all had faith in God and lived in the realm of the invisible and unseen, They lived in the greater way. Each in a measure saw the bling.
The letter to the Hebrews draws to a close with these words ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith’.
Jesus is the cause of our faith, Jesus is the beginning, Jesus is the foundation on which the Temple of the Holy Spirit is built, Jesus is the mortar that holds everything together.
In our weekly bible study we are once again going through the gospel of John. Matthew, Mark and Luke, in the main, inform us what Jesus did while here on earth. Whereas John for the most part is about who Jesus is. Of the four gospels, for me John is the greatest of the gospels.
John’s gospel is the bling. In fact it is John who tells us that Jesus is the light. For 11 years the preaching and teaching of Liberty has been about fixing our gaze upon Jesus, the King of Glory.
He is the author of Liberty and our foundation, we can trust that our Sovereign is perfecting what He began. If the Holy Spirit lays a foundation on which to build, build He surely will. The Spirit does not lay a foundation and then not build.
He uses hand picked living stones, us, and He shapes us with gentleness and love to be part of His Living Temple. This temple will be upright and true, cemented together with Jesus, a solid building fit for purpose, a building of splendour where the light and life of Jesus is found.
Liberty did not come into being to dwell in the shadow of philosophies and traditions. The sole aim of Liberty is to bathe in the reality of Jesus’ glorious light.
The light and life whose name the heavens declare, a name that the firmament shouts out and announces the beauty of His workmanship and deeds.
Liberty is a chosen vessel for chosen people, a vessel full of Jesus’ light and life that causes its people to know how precious they are and to shine bright like diamonds.
Diamonds to be the radiance of Jesus, and to be the brightness of the light that dwells within each precious jewel.
So that Jesus shines out of us His diamonds. And, as when he chooses, let people see and be amazed by our bling, the sparkling light of Jesus, the King of Glory.
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