Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Thursday, June 04, 2020
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By Pastor Dennis Felder
During this “stay-at-home” order, I frequently hear the question, “When will life get back to normal?”
The answer that you often hear is, “Well, there will probably be a new normal.”
Yes, due to the ill effects of the coronavirus, our society may need to create a “new normal”.
This new lifestyle may involve less handshaking, frequent hand washing, and a new way to conduct social gatherings.
Also, this “new normal” may include spending more time with family, having more home cooked meals, and helping others in times of need.
You see, creating a “new normal” may not be that bad.

As I reflected upon this past Easter, Jesus’ death and resurrection created a “new normal”.
Under the old covenant law, God’s people were required to make an animal sacrifice to make atonement for their sins.
The blood of an animal had to be shed so that their sins could be washed away.
But thank God, Jesus created a “new normal” on Easter Sunday.
Jesus became the perfect sacrificial Lamb.
We no longer have to inspect animals to determine if they are without blemish.
We no longer have to bring a sacrificial lamb or animal to the temple.
We no longer have to slaughter an animal as an act of forgiveness.
We no longer have to stand before an earthly priest to have our sins atoned for.
Why? Because Jesus created a “new normal”.
When Jesus died and resurrected, He created a “new normal”.
He became the Lamb without blemish.
He shed His blood for the forgiveness of sin.
He tore down the veil that separated us from God so that we could come into the wonderful presence of the Heavenly Father.
Matthew 26:26-28 says, “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’

Praise God that Jesus created a “new normal”!