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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 


YOUR FIVE FOR TODAY: 

1 Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. 

2 There were 14 sheep on Noah's Ark. 

3 The only breed of dog mentioned in the bible is the greyhound. 

4 Religion has expectations so burdens God's people, Grace places every expectation upon Jesus so freeing God's people. Jim 

5 Jesus Christ did not come just to get men out of hell and into heaven; He came to get Himself out of heaven and into men. Bob George


Extracts from Jim’s preach 10th June ‘The Better Part’ 

Jesus entered a certain village. A certain woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. 

She had a sister, Mary, who sat at the feet of Jesus, hanging on every word he said. 

But Martha was distracted by all the serving that had to be done. She came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" 

The Lord answered, "Martha, Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. 

One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen the better part, and that one thing will not be taken away from her."                                  Luke 10:38 - 42

Martha and Mary welcomed Jesus into their home. Jesus was seen as a Rabbi (teacher), and as a student; a disciple of the Rabbi, Mary sat at his feet to savour everything he had to say and to learn from his wisdom. 

Meanwhile Martha was busy slaving away over a hot stove and racing around like a certain type of fly. Martha was naffed off with ending up with all the work and complained to Jesus about this. She addressed him as ‘Lord’ suggesting she saw herself as his servant. 

But Jesus said that lots of things needed to be done but only one thing was essential and Mary chose the better part looking to and listening to him and giving him her full attention. 

Two female disciples. One doing everything while the other appearing to do nothing. 

Martha’s complaint reminded me of the complaint of the elder son in the parable of the prodigal son. The eldest son had done all the work at home while the younger one played away. But it seemed the eldest had forgotten he was a son and behaved more like a servant, working devotedly but never enjoying his father’s wealth. 

I once fell for the false teaching; that I had to serve God. But a son doesn’t serve. Servants serve and I’m a son. I, like you are part of Jesus’ family. 

As a son I can choose; and like Mary I want to choose the better part. 

In the account of Ruth in the Old Testament the text tells us that Ruth was poor and had to do backbreaking work in the fields picking up the left over barley after the harvesters went by. After grafting all day she had gathered up one measure of barley. 

Later her mother in law Naomi told her that when the boss man Boaz had forty winks after lunch, to lie down at his feet. This she did and Boaz gave her six measures of barley to take home. 

Her hard work earned her one measure of barley but resting at the boss mans feet gave her six times the amount of barley. 

The moral of the story is, that we can graft all day for a measure, but rest at the boss mans feet and get a bounty for seemingly doing nothing. 

Ruth worked hard for her provision, but when she sought the provider she received much more. 

Jesus told us to seek first the Kingdom of God; I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve forgotten that advice. Due to the religion that I grew up in, doing good works was a sign of being a good Christian. 

And we can all become wrapped up in trying to be good Christians, when Jesus says that in fact we are fabulous saints! 

We’re family not servants. We can not only seek the Kingdom of God, but know that we are residents. 

Mary’s ears and heart were more precious to Jesus than Martha’s hands and feet. 

To me Martha represents the religion I was once embroiled in. Martha was so caught up in doing that she had no time to enjoy the presence of Jesus. Mary represents Grace and Faith. 

   Martha was busy and serving, Mary was resting and receiving.

        Religion works. Faith rests

        Religion is busy giving. Faith is resting receiving

       Religion says you have to do something to be in the right standing with God.

      Faith accepts you are in the right standing with God... resting in the finished work of Jesus. 

Being a saint of the Lord Jesus is not about doing but about being, and the best part is we only have to look and listen to Jesus

As we look and listen to Jesus we receive all that we need to be a saint of Jesus.  

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