Paradox

The one thing I love about Jesus is the fact that He showed what a Godly life on earth looks like.  And with that, He confuses us terribly.  He kept on saying things to crowds that made everyone leave.  It is not really what we want.    You should bring in the crowds, not chase them away!  We want stuff to have a logical path and conclusion.  None of this “for whosoever will save his life shall lose it” stuff.  And what about “the cross” and “life in full”?  What is all that about?   Perhaps God knows something we don’t? 

I’m going to quote the wise on this subject matter.  Read it carefully.  “Why is God like this?” And perhaps just as important: “Do our lives resemble this strange Godly upside-down-daily-living in ANY way?”

‘A real Christian’ is an odd one anyway. They feel supreme love for ONE whom they have never seen, talk familiarly everyday to SOMEONE they cannot see, expect to go to heaven on the virtue of ANOTHER, empties themselves in order to be full, admits they are wrong so they can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when they are weakest, richest when they are poorest, and happiest when they feel the worst. They die so they can live, forsake in order to have, give away so they can keep, see the invisible, hear the inaudible, and know that which passes knowledge.” – A.W. Tozer

If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business. The world says, Follow the wisest course and be a success, and Jesus says, Follow me and be crucified. The world says, Drive carefully—the life you save may be your own—and Jesus says, Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. The world says, Law and order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get, and Jesus says, Give. In terms of the world’s sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who thinks he can follow him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under a cross than under a delusion.  –  Frederick Buechner

Come and join the crazy people!!  It’s the only way to sanity 🙂

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One thought on “Paradox

  1. Hey Abmo,

    We who believe are either capable of perceiving a transcendent realm of God beyond the evidence of the senses, or else we are the most misguided, stupid, and insane fools ever to exist. It’s either/or. There is no middle ground. 🙂

    The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God and vice versa, so yes, the Last Supper was and the Communion IS the Mad Tea Party from the point of view of the World. No question, no one should think otherwise if they are thinking in a materialistic way. And what is even more insane, we are asked to risk ALL on this madness, our very lives, our wealth and worldly goods, our minds, everything. 🙂

    This is the world turned upside down. Or the world turned right-side up, it all depends on whether you have drunk that most excellent Kool-Aid of the Holy Spirit. 🙂

    “He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone’. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
    Acts 4:11-12

    “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

    ….But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”
    1 Corinthians 1:18-29

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