Former heroin addict finds new life as Philly Jesus

He carries a cross through one of the country’s toughest neighborhoods, dressed as Jesus. He’s conducted baptisms in Philadelphia’s Love Park. He dreams of creating Philly Jesus wine, Philly Jesus bread and Philly Jesus Halloween costumes. Stephanie Farr of the Philadelphia Daily News reports:

WHEN Michael Grant was in the depths of his heroin addiction, his mother wrote him off for dead.

She had to.

“I said he’s either going to die or get better. I had to accept the fact that he might die. It was so painful.”

But that didn’t stop the 58-year-old Center City professional, who asked that her name be withheld, from praying for her son.

She had to.

“I prayed for him all the time,” she said. “This is what I got.”

“This” is Philly Jesus.

For the last four months, Grant, 28, has been hanging out at LOVE Park nearly every day dressed as Jesus Christ and introducing himself as “Philly Jesus.”

“I’m not the real Jesus. I’m just a huge fan,” Grant said. “I’m doing it as a walking billboard for the King of Kings.”

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