A new insight for me this week in 1 Corinthians 5 is Paul’s perspective on the Christian life. He sees it as a celebration! Taking a page from his Jewish upbringing (vs 8), Paul describes, with obvious fondness, the search for leaven that Jewish families did in preparation for the Passover. What a beautiful and joyful tradition! What a powerful children’s sermon! Following the search, the Passover lamb was slain and the family entered into 7 days of feasting (using only unleavened bread). The Christian life is a fulfillment of this symbol and shadow. Followers of Christ (the true and eternal Lamb of God) are not negative, morose, uptight people. By being serious about sin we do not squeeze the joy out of life, we find it! The fruit of the Spirit is love and joy and peace. . .In a few hours, we will meet for worship. “Let us pursue holiness without which no one may see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14) Joy to you, dear friends!