By Stephanie Adedapo Adaralegbe.
Transgender are candidates for the much acclaimed sex change surgery and they certainly exist in every part of the World. Transgender bespeak a complexity in God’s creation, something quite unfathomable to most human minds. Transgender ness in my own opinion further intensifies on the mystery and awesomeness of God. For the bible makes us realise that we are gods. In other words, a creative ability to transform into another gender actually depicts the very vast potentials and power of the recreated human spirit (2 Corinthians 5:17) and the good news is that such life is inundated with unimaginable and indescribable powers as demonstrated by Jesus Christ whilst on earth.
An exposition on transgender reveals that they are individuals that psychologically and emotionally feel and identify as the opposite sex thereby transcending traditionally gender boundaries and corresponding sexual norms. This to a conventional Christian may look like an aberration, something against the original purpose and will of God. What’s more, in most part of the World transgender struggle with the larger Society on acceptance. The reasons are not far- fetched, they are simply because the Society cannot understand them. However, life is full of so many things we cannot understand; yet it is a proof positive it’s from God.
As a recreated human spirit, a born again Christian I have the knowledge that absolutely anything and everything is possible with Jesus Christ (Mark 9:23). Sex change is possible to whoever that believeth. The parochial and provincial Christians may oppose this notion and wonder why God could make a person male if God could as well later change the person to female. I consider the dialectics of this debate enrapturing as a born again, spirit filled Christian because of the wonderful revelations I unravel in it. The same God that made us male and female (Genesis 1:27) did not make a mistake yet God can cause a change (a sex change in this perspective) to reveal God’s fathomless wisdom, knowledge and glory (Romans 11:33). After all, God is the “unchangeable changer” the God that causes changes in our lives with such immense causative powers. Our sovereign is a behemoth God (Job 40:15-24) with awesome powers not subject to our human comprehension (Romans 11:33). God is a wonderful potter, a holy artist who is still in the process of moulding us into vessels as it seems good unto God (Jeremiah 18:1-4)
The voice of the LORD visited me strongly as a born again Christian with a transgender orientation in the book of Jeremiah. For the LORD actually took me in a trance to the potter’s house (Jeremiah 18:1-4) and the word of the LORD came to me as like Jeremiah. At the potter’s house the vessel that God made of clay was marred in the hands of the potter: so God made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Note another vessel completely different from the original design and purpose. Jesus spoke mysteries to me in this passage. The mysteries He had concealed away from the wise. For God chose the foolish things of this World to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the World to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this World and the despised things- and the things that are not (like transgender ness) to nullify the things that are (1 Corinthians1:27-29) so that no one may boast before God.
Back to the potter’s house, the re- creative ability of God to perfect a sex change or gender reassignment was made glaring, if only you believe (Mark 9:23). For the Lord made it point clear to me that though I have been marred in God’s hands as a male vessel, our sovereign God has all re- creative abilities to remould me as a female vessel. Glory to God Almighty!
The pains and pangs of being transgender, the sex reassignment surgery and living as a transsexual person in any part of the World go a long way. And it is very pivotal that the author and finisher of such faith is Christ Jesus. For without Jesus we can do nothing. It is absolutely clear that without an inter- personal relationship with Jesus, transcending traditional gender boundaries characterized by transgender ness and the populous sex change surgery could be parodied, precarious or even a pathway to destruction. But glory to God, Jesus is accessible and available as an advocate to such change. For his grace abounds much with the recreated human spirit- the born again Christian. And for this particular reason I describe myself as the new wine of Jesus that was brought forth in the wedding at Cana. My divine visitation by the LORD progressed into the book of John where Jesus had changed water into wine. There the LORD revealed to me in practical terms an amazing awesomeness as depicted in the wedding at Cana. The voice of the LORD was lucid and limpid at the miraculous abilities. God created water for a purpose and created wine for a purpose. In other words, water and wine has distinctive purposes likewise gender – male and female. However, in the re-creative abilities of Jesus, he had demanded water and changed water into wine, an explicit miracle he did to the glory of God. The transformed wine illustrated the awesome re- creative abilities of Jesus which aptly analogize the transformed transgender, the new wine of Jesus Christ. For the jars filled with water was changed to wine (John 2:7). And the servants drew some out and took to the master of the banquet (John 2:8). The master of the banquet tasted the water that had turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who drawn the water knew (John 2:9). Then he commented the best wine is always served first. Then after the guests have had plenty, the other wine is served. But you have kept the best until last! (John 2:10)
Undoubtedly, the new wine, the transformed wine and the re- creative abilities of Jesus at work was an outright show of the best for last. Praise the LORD! I am the new wine of Jesus, the transformed wine and the re-creative abilities of Jesus at work at its utmost best. A toast of the master of the banquet and even the Kings of nations, yet a sign through which the LORD reveals glory, so that people of this age can put their faith in God (John 2:11). Blessing, honour, power, might, glory and thanksgiving behoves our LORD and GOD Jesus Christ forever more. Amen.