Redemption — from Event to Process

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With a word (“Abba”), Yeshua* turned theology inside-out and upside-down. God was no longer ‘out there;’ now God was ‘in here.’

Mark 14:36 – He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” (CEB)

Romans 8:15 – For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” (CEB)

Galatians 4:6 – And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (CEB)

[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.][Image: “Creative Commons Redemption 01” by uzeq, used under CC BY 2.0

 

Yeshua turned the theological world
inside out
and upside down.

God was no longer
up there
in Heaven
the monotheistic Supreme Being
brought to the world
by the Hebrews.

God was brought
out of heaven
to reside in the human heart;
that was where Yeshua
experienced God.

“Abba” wasn’t a cry
to a distant God
from which Yeshua
was “a chip off the old block.”

“Abba” was an appeal to
God of the moment
God immediately accessible
God within…

God had changed
His/Her permanent residence –
all the old contact information
is invalid.

With this change of residence
there is no longer room
for the Messiah
as boarder.

The Messiah cartel
has been broken up,
subcontracted into
individual hearts and minds…

The Messiah is dead
long live messianism!

The Redemption Event
has been replaced by
a redemptive process…

The Messiah
has been replaced by
a messianic process…

God
has been replaced by
a God-process…

And, so, responsibility
for the world’s
compassion,
peace, and
justice
has been placed
in our hearts and hands!

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