1. VIVID Sydney 2016 lasts
2. How many people visited VIVID in 2015?
3. Last year’s Creative Director was:
4. Every year the Opera House is flooded with stripes and scenes that change faster than Donald Trump’s positions. Will the House be included again this year?
5. Vivid comes from the word for lively in which ancient language?
6. These items go together and they are:
Light, camera and action
Light, music and ideas
Light triumphs over darkness
Don’t hide your light under a bushel
VIVID continues to grow. This year they are adding “Game Changer” talks at Town Hall to the mix, with a total of 150 events ranging from town planning to Jenji Kohan and Margaret Zhang.
This is not an official program, but if it were, it would contain an invitation to a compelling and vivid Game Changing Light Show which is vibrant and lasts much longer than 23 days.
They say “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” but there was a scene in another city, which wasn’t so beautiful.
The Jewish prophet Isaiah said of this scene, featuring a man: “He had no form or comeliness, that we should look upon him, nor beauty that we should look upon him.” (Chapter 53.2) Nothing vivid about this man.
In fact, the prophet went on to describe this “Game Changer” saying “he was despised and forsaken of men, a man of pains and acquainted with disease. And as one from whom men hide their face. He was despised and we did not esteem him.” (53.3)
Nothing about that man would have made over a million people step out of their autumnal pub scenes to check him out. No lights, no camera, no apparent anything. So what makes him a Game Changer?
700 years before he showed up Isaiah says: “He bore our diseases and carried our pains, he was wounded because of our sins…the chastisement of our welfare was on him, and with his stripes we were healed.” (53.4-5)
Those stripes are worth noting. That rejection of the Man of Sorrows is compelling. How is he such a Game Changer?
The story of the Game Changer says, “We all like sheep went astray, we turned (every one) to his own way, and the LORD has made the iniquity of us all to light on him.” (v. 6)
Isaiah seemed to get it. Light and darkness are in great conflict.
Darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you. (Isaiah 60.2)
Isaiah might have been talking to Jewish people 2700 years ago, but the Game Changer himself, who lived 700 years after Isaiah, in the same area of the world, Israel, made those earlier words equally relevant.
Yeshua is the Game Changer.
(His English name is Jesus) He won’t be featured here at VIVID in a talk or a music festival or even a bit of light show.
He said of Himself, “I am the Light of the World he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8.12) and “that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness.” (John 12.46)
For more VIVID ideas and especially to learn about Light and Darkness, contact
Jews for Jesus
PO Box 925
Sydney NSW 2001
OT quotes from JPS “Holy Scriptures”
NT quotes from NASB