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Big Jesus At Pride

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!

https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/53e8a957e4b0380cb18e4165?page=3 



1 London Zoo’s famous gay penguins are Ronnie and Reggie got together in 2014. They adopted an egg that was rejected by its parents and shared parenting duties for their chick, Kyton until he left the nest.

2 Each school of clownfish only has one female, who is generally the largest and most dominant fish. When she dies, the most dominant male changes sex to become female and takes her place.

3 Male bats exhibit the highest rate of homosexuality among any mammal.

4 About 5% of all animal species are intersex.

5 Female koalas become lesbians when in captivity.

 


Extracts from Jim’s preach 'Treasures in the Darkness '

Acts 9:1 – 9 1 Saul kept threatening to murder the Lord’s disciples. …….. As Saul was coming near the city of Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say , "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting ME?"

5 Saul asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The person replied, "I’m Jesus, the one you’re persecuting. 6 Get up! Go into the city, and you’ll be told what you should do."

7 Meanwhile, the men travelling with him were speechless.,,,,they didn’t see anyone.

8 Saul was helped up from the ground. When he opened his eyes, he was blind. So his companions led him into Damascus. 9 For three days he couldn’t see.

Isa 45:3 says ‘I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD’.

The purpose of the treasure and riches, of darkness are so that we know the Lord.

Many of us as children were frightened of the dark, Religion often tells us darkness is where evil lurks ready to pounce on us if we deviate from the right path.

Man made religion seeks to control us and feeds on fear, totally oblivious that God does His best work in the dark...

Creation began in the darkness, Ge 1:2 tells us that is where the Spirit of God moved.

How many of us can recognise the experience of feeling an emptiness and being in a dark place and in that experience, there in the darkness, the Spirit of God moved? Times when we are at the end of our resources and can only turn to God can be times we come to know God more.

We may be in a dark place right now but remember it is where God does His best work. It is in the darkness of our circumstances where treasures await to be discovered and riches are revealed. When the Spirit pierces the darkness we know the Lord.

Like photographic film, God develops us in the darkness, turn on the light to soon and the picture doesn’t develop right; it takes time to develop. God put Abraham in darkness to give him the promise. Moses drew near God in ’thick darkness’.

Out of darkness comes creation, life. The Spirit moves and God does his best work. He can develop us in darkness, speak to us in the darkness, and help us draw near in the darkness.

God tells us: I am the LORD, and I will give you the treasures of darkness. Because while there was an emptiness I was still God, and when all was in darkness I was still God.

At midnight I am still God, at midday I am still God, in your tears I am still God, in your rejoicing I am still God, in your kneeling I am still God, in your celebration I am still God, in your hurt I am still God, in your joy I am still God.

And so to Saul, a man of menaces and of murder. A man who knew his bible inside out and back to front but was full of hate. But Jesus blinded him by light ‘brighter than the sun’ in order to work in this man who was chosen to change the world.

Blinded, Saul found treasures in the darkness, he came to know the Lord. He had been great and powerful, now he chose to be called Paul which means ‘little’.

He had been on a mission to bury Christians, but was now on a mission to plant Christians.

When seed are planted they go into darkness for the life to begin to unfold. In darkness Paul’s new life in the Spirit began unfold.

Saul lost his sight, so that Paul could have insight. Paul later wrote, ‘We live by faith not by sight’

Eyesight sees the outward, the circumstances, insight can sense God at work, insight can see the treasures of darkness, insight can see hidden riches in the secret place.

Saul was a murderer, people were frightened of him. He shows that even at our worst any of us can be changed. Even our enemies can be changed.

Who do we regard as enemies? Whose flaws do we find fault with? And when we find fault with Christians does Jesus take it personally as he did when Saul persecuted Christians and Jesus said ‘Why do you persecute ME?’

Paul wrote ‘Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.’ Love blesses and prays that eyesight is changed to insight.

John wrote, 1Jo 4:19 ‘We love him, because he first loved us.’ We have received such love. He now calls us to love our adversaries before they can love us.

In our own strength we can’t. But, when the Spirit of God inspires us , gives us the oomph, we can.  

Lord help us, work in us, give us treasures of darkness that we may know you more deeply and know you empowering us to love and to bless against all odds.

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