When Jesus proclaimed his Good News to the world, he spoke in his own characteristic way by amply filling his Gospel message with spiritual paradoxes. These unique teachings are seemingly contradictory statements that become impressive guidelines for Christian living. For example: In death, we find fullness of life. It is better to be a person who serves rather than be served. Anyone who boasts and brags about himself will not be exalted but humbled. These sayings are like spiritual conundrums stubbornly standing in opposition to mundane thinking and worldly values.
Most of all, Jesus himself is a paradox—the greatest and most dramatic paradox imaginable. Jesus is Lord, king, master and all powerful, and yet he voluntarily submitted to be arrested, beaten and nailed to the Cross. He was innocent and filled with life, but he chose to accept a most painful death in order to free the guilty.
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