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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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Dates for next Bowling Night and Film night to be arranged.
LGBT swimming sessions, last Thursday of the month 8.30pm-9.30pm
Moor Park Swimming Pool. Next session Thurs 26th April
Book through Lancashire LGBT 01772 717461 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone interested in a LGBT Walking Group
Saturday 21st April 11 to 2pm. Walking from Downham nr Pendle Hill for 5 miles off road. Car sharing needed.
01772 717461 or email@example.com
Louise will be having coffee at Sainsbury’s Café, Thurs 1pm.
Turn up for a chat and a cuppa and turn it into a social gathering.
Extracts from Jim’s Preach ‘His Image’
Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased to have all his fulness dwell in him,
Colossians 1:15 - 19
God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…” Gen 1:26 What does that mean?
When Nina became a Christian she knew God loved her, loved like she had never been loved before. There was a simplicity in her faith. As well as the immense love there was a new feeling, a feeling that somehow she was connecting with heaven.
Because of problems in her previous marriage Nina rarely went to church for her first 4 years of being a Christian, so she didn’t learn the standards and behaviour required; that is until her marriage ended and she started to attend church regularly.
As happens to most Christians, Nina slowly but surely learned all the Christian Religious Activities and Performance (or CRAP) required by her church. When she met me her reaction was that I ‘was not a proper Christian.’ Because I was no longer steeped in the CRAP.
Her judgementalism had kicked in and was kicking me out, that is until God changed that.
But why was Nina going to reject me? Because CRAP blinds you and can even make you reject yourself as ‘not good enough’.
Genesis says God created humanity to be like God Himself, righteous and holy. It was the God given righteousness and the holiness that, according to the Genesis story, humanity lost when eating from the tree of judgement (judgement is based on knowledge) in the garden of paradise.
They judged themselves, and guilt, shame and fear followed and so they hid. God came along and said, ‘Where are you?’ It’s not as if He didn’t know. This was a rhetorical question, He was speaking to Himself when He said ‘Where are you?’. It’s because God could no longer see His image in them.
He could no longer see Himself in them. He could no longer see His righteousness and holiness in them. They had lost it, they were changed beyond recognition.
Jesus restored those gifts in the new creation. Paul writes about new Christians in Eph 4: 24 ...the new man, created in the likeness of God, in righteousness and true holiness. Notice true holiness, because there is indeed a false holiness.
Jesus said ‘If you’ve seen Me you have seen the Father’. What did He mean? It wasn’t His physical appearance. Isaiah told us what He physically looked like. ‘There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look.’
Yet Jesus said ‘If you’ve seen Me you have seen the Father’, not physically but spiritually, look and see the Fathers righteousness and true holiness in me. True holiness not the false holiness of for example the Pharisees. Pharisees, who Jesus said were blind; blind to the presence of God and His image in Jesus, blinded by their religion and its crap.
Paul said their religion was a ‘veil on their hearts’ 2Co 3:15 a veil that stopped them clearly seeing.
The same veil Nina wore, the religious crap that blinded her and when she first met me her crap caused her to reject me.
Her religion and her self righteousness, her false holiness that she was busy constructing and maintaining had blinded her to the image of God in me, the God made true holiness that God has given me and every Christian.
I am very fortunate that God led me to the Grace and Faith opticians who did things to my vision that now cause me see things very differently. A revelation of the vastness of God’s grace and receiving faith from Him to trust in His grace, makes everything look so different.
I can now see what my crap stopped me from seeing. The first thing I now see in my brothers and sisters is God. His image. I see God’s righteousness and true holiness.
If we can only see our faults and failings, or see ourselves as unworthy before God in any way then there is crap in our eyes and we need an urgent appointment at Grace and Faith, God’s Optician.
A few scriptures: tonight’s reading tonight for one, ‘Jesus is the image of the invisible God’, and without exception so are all Christians ‘created in the likeness of God in righteousness and true holiness.’
Joh 17.22 Jesus said of all His followers ‘Father, the glory which You gave Me I have given them’.
2Co 3.18 Paul about Christians; ‘we all, are changed into the same image from glory to glory...’
I wholeheartedly agree John Gill, the bible commentator, when he writes: ‘from glory to glory; not from the glory of the law to the glory of the Gospel; or from the glory of Moses to the glory of Christ Jesus; rather from the glory that is in Christ Jesus, to a glory in believers derived from Him.’
Put simply the glory of God is a gift to all His children.
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