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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!
LGBT walk will be Saturday 16th Feb. 5 and a half mile walk from Whalley, mostly through fields and lanes.
Meet 11am outside Checkmate clothes shop on the high street. BB7 9SW. Please bring food, water, good footwear, and waterproofs.
Chance of a pint after.
Thursday Coffee Club Note new time 2pm
Meet for a chat at Sainsbury’s Café.
Extracts from Jim’s Preach ‘Son of Man’
Isaiah 9:6 and 7
‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His governance and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
In a Gambian village I attended a local ceremony. I sat with the elders under a veranda observing the traditional ceremony unfolding front of me.
A band played African drums and other instruments. Every few minutes the music stopped so each one of them could speak in turn. I sat there absorbing the atmosphere of celebration and I asked the guide what the band members were saying.
He told me these were the history men. Each one was tasked with remembering a segment of the family’s history and genealogy, a list of their ancestors and reciting it when needed. These people didn’t need to watch ‘Who do you think you are?’ to know who their great, great grandfather was and who the generations before him were.
They knew who they were and where they came from. History determined their ancestral rights, who they inherited from. Everything was committed to memory and recited regularly.
Lists of genealogies were as important in the bible as they are in Africa today.
Two of the gospels have the genealogy of Jesus to show His human ancestry. His family inheritance was of utmost importance humanly and spiritually.
The gospel writers, Matthew and Luke confirmed that Jesus was a descendant of King David.
Mary was descended from Nathan, son of David with Bathsheba, that is the blood line followed by Luke. Joseph was descended from Solomon, Nathan’s older brother, that is the legal line followed by Matthew.
God promised King David that a descendant of his would inherit his throne and be King for ever. Matthews genealogy proved Jesus was legally David’s heir. Luke’s genealogy established the blood line. King David’s DNA was in Jesus’ blood.
When Pontius Pilate had a sign made declaring that Jesus was the King of the Jews he didn’t realise how true that was. Jesus, descendant of King David, was the rightful King of Israel.
David was a descendant of Abraham so Jesus also was descended from Abraham. He rightfully inherited the promises God made to Abraham. Promises like ‘I will bless you and you will be a blessing’ and ‘you will have too many descendants to count’.
So what is the spiritual significance of the genealogies? Paul writes in Gal 3:16 ‘Now, God made his promises to Abraham and to his descendant.’ The scripture doesn’t say ‘descendants,’ meaning many ‘descendant,’ meaning one person only, namely, Jesus the Christ.
Gal 3:26 confirms that Christians become children of God through faith and verse 27 tells us that means ‘by that same faith we are one in Jesus.’
Verse 29 then tells that being one in Jesus we inherit the promises God made to Jesus, the descendant of Abraham. Being spiritually one with Jesus we benefit from promises made to Him.
Paul also says in Ro 4 that ‘the faith we have is included in the inheritance,’ Part of our spiritual inheritance is the same faith Jesus had and the same faith Abraham had. Paul calls Abraham ‘the father of our faith.’
Matthew’s genealogy begins with saying Abraham is the father of David and the father of Jesus, the genealogy ends by saying...
‘there were 14 generations from Abraham to David, 14 generations from David until the exile to Babylon, 14 generations from the exile until Jesus the Christ.
Three 14’s adds up to 42. However when we physically count the list there’s only 41 generations to Jesus. 14 + 14 + 13 = Jesus. So who is the 42nd generation?
Spiritually we are. Isaiah 9:6 says about Jesus… ‘his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.’
Ever wondered why in this verse Jesus is called ‘everlasting father’. There are 7 scriptures that tell us Jesus, in the spiritual sense, is our father. He brought about the birth of faith in us.
Abraham’s faith is like spiritual DNA within us, passed on to us from Abraham through Jesus.
As children of God we all have the capability to become spiritual parents, to be part of bringing to birth the faith of Abraham, the faith of Jesus, in others.
When I met Nina I felt the Lord say that we were going to have spiritual children.
As people have to come to faith at Liberty that has come to pass in a measure, but we want more.
Like Abraham our father in faith we want children of promise, spiritual children, supernatural children.
Life always reproduces itself and spiritual life also reproduces itself. It’s a DNA thing. Many have told me they have felt the life of Jesus in Liberty, the church Jesus began. Therefore Jesus, who is the life, has to reproduce His life in those who seek Him.
I have believed from day one that the King of Glory, Jesus, would be fruitful through us the children of His glory. In faith Liberty began, in faith we will reproduce, producing children of faith who know and trust Jesus. It’s the DNA thing again.
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