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The Paradox of God

  • He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.
  • The loftiest and most exalted became the embodiment of humility and simplicity.
  • The richest became the poorest that the poor might become rich.
  • He came out of dry ground to become a fruitful vine.
  • He feasted with publicans and sinners that they might not starve in their sin.
  • He starved for 40 days in the wilderness that we might feast on the impeccable Bread of Life.
  • He taught us to love our enemies, to do good to those who treat us badly.
  • He emptied Himself that we might be filled.
  • Mighty conquerors with vast armies and terrible weapons have sought in vain to subdue the world—He conquered a vast kingdom with simple weapons of agape.
  • The Lion became the Lamb that sheep might become shepherds.
  • His heart was broken that He might bind up the broken-hearted.
  • - His body was crushed that we might be made whole.
  • We come into the world to live; He came to die.
  • The purest One was called illegitimate, blasphemer, winebibber, glutton and impostor by guilty sinners.
  • The Lord of lords became a lowly servant to serve the pitiful needs of mankind.
  • The Man of Sorrows acquainted with the depths of grief became the joy of the world.
  • He was rejected that we might be accepted.
  • He was bruised that we may be healed.
  • He was condemned that we might be justified.
  • He was judged that we would not be judged.
  • He was deserted for a time by the Father that we might find access to the Father.
  • He died as the innocent One that the guilty might be declared innocent.
  • By grasping life we die; through death we find life.
  • Glory to the Lamb, the Paradox of God.

Dr. Anthony Fortosis, quoted in Prokope, November/December, 1992, p. 4

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