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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 


Recovery:

Join thousands of people in recovery their families and friends for the biggest gathering of recovery people in Europe.

12 noon on the 9th of September at The South Pier Promenade, Blackpool

Celebrate recovery! Register online.

Gem From Jim:

The Catholic Church considered the Pope infallible; after the reformation the Protestant Church considered the bible infallible.

Some people say the bible is inerrant, however it does have at least one flaw that I know of, it doesn't love me.


Extracts from Jim’s Preach ‘In Christ’ Part 3  

Ephesians 1:11 - 14 

We have obtained an inheritance in Christ our Lord, being chosen according to the purpose of God who works out all things according to His will, so that we… who first trusted in Christ… should be to the praise of His glory. 

And you also trusted In Him, after we heard the truth in the good news of our salvation. In Jesus, you having believed, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of our inheritance …to the praise of His glory. 

We are continuing to look at the phrase ‘In Christ’ that we find 10 times in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. In the four verses of the text Paul twice uses the phrase ‘to the praise of His glory’. 

He says ‘that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory’ and then later says you also trusted in Him are to the praise of his glory. According to the context the ‘we’ meant Jewish Christians and the ‘you also’ meant Non Jewish Christians. 

This was written in an incredibly racist world where Jews looked down on non Jews, the Gentiles. Jews considered the Gentiles unclean, unfit and undesirable. They kept them at a distance.  But here Paul puts them on a par, giving them equality brought about purely through trust in Christ. 

It was a shocking statement, a revolutionary statement. An all inclusive statement if I’ve ever heard one. It includes everyone, with no exceptions, ‘to the praise of His glory’. I see the good news of Jesus as being all inclusive and that message to me rings loud and clear above all else. 

According to Paul being ‘in Christ’ gives us equality but also lifts us up as he says we all are ‘to the praise of His glory’. And that is just by being ourselves, being in Him. This is not about doing its simply about being. 

I want to explain this by telling a story. A schoolgirl choir called ‘Angelicus’ had an audition on  Britain’s Got Talent. You can Google it to see the audition.  The girls said that they were inspired by their teacher Mr Williams and they had become a choir because of what he had done for them. The camera panned to a very frail looking man in the audience. They said that Mr Williams had had a bad car accident that year and was still recovering. 

The choir of 12 to 16 year olds then sang ‘Nessun Dorma’. It was stunningly beautiful. The audience and the judges were on their feet applauding, including Simon Cowell. Then Simon Cowell asked Mr Williams to come up to the front. He had difficulty walking and needed help to walk but the applause for him was deafening! 

The girls were so proud of what he had done for them that evening. They gave him glory and you could see Mr Williams was so incredibly proud of them. 

For Mr Williams that wonderful choir was to the praise of his glory. It proved his great love of music and his dedication to teaching the girls. The audience had heard the choir and wanted to applaud Mr Williams for what he had done. 

We who know Jesus have come to know him because of his great love for us and his dedication to us. He gave his very life for us. 

The difference between Mr Williams and Jesus is that we don’t need to perform for Jesus.

We give Him glory just by being who we are in Him. 

It is God who formed and fashioned us in the womb and until this very moment in our lives in Christ. Jesus is incredibly proud of us. We are ‘to the praise of His glory’ 

We are the evidence that Jesus succeeded on the cross, we show His resurrection, we bear witness that He closed shut the separation between God and humanity. We are the proof that what Jesus did bore fruit. The fruit is each one of us who have come into a living relationship with Him. 

And just by knowing Him and loving him we add to his glory. We are the redeemed, the holy ones of God. We are ‘to the praise of His glory’. We are the ones who live in the light of his life and presence. We are the crowning achievement of all Jesus did on earth. 

To those who think we are unclean, unfit and undesirable and that we should be kept at a distance; it’s not what they think that matters, it’s what Jesus thinks. It’s what is being thought about us and said about us in Heaven, we are ‘to the praise of His glory’ 

We must always remember it is not even what we think of ourselves in human terms that matters.Our human condition or our human frailties matter not a jot to Jesus, He is dedicated to us just as we are. 

Whether we sing in tune or sing out of tune down here doesn’t matter, we are a choir in perfect harmony in Christ in heaven. We’re all appearing at the royal command performance singing praises; for our King and to our King. 

God has pressed the golden buzzer, we’ve won the final our names are in lights, we’re top of the bill, all of us individually and collectively headliners. All of heaven along with Jesus are on their feet and applauding, because we are to the praise of His glory. 

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