A New Normalcy

1 Corinthians 15:19-26         
19 If we have a hope in Christ only in this life, then we deserve to be pitied more than anyone else. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead. He’s the first crop of the harvest[a]of those who have died. 21 Since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came through one too. 22 In the same way that everyone dies in Adam, so also everyone will be given life in Christ. 23 Each event will happen in the right order: Christ, the first crop of the harvest,[b] then those who belong to Christ at his coming,24 and then the end, when Christ hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when he brings every form of rule, every authority and power to an end. 25 It is necessary for him to rule until he puts all enemies under his feet.[c] 26 Death is the last enemy to be brought to an end,[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

If we have placed all our hope in the Messiah, we are to be pitied. On the other hand, when we understand that the messianic process is alive and well, accessible to each of us, we can rejoice. Unfortunately there is no manual for messianism. We do, however, have a model, a catalyst. All we have to do is avail ourselves of the Way of Yeshua — study the way he lived and taught and then fashion our lives after his model. Such lives, patterned on the Yeshua design, are engaging in resurrection and salvation. Because it so different from the expectations of the normalcy of civilization, some have called it a life of insurrection — yeast bubbling up in the dough. The last enemy is normalcy and respectability.

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