The Ultimate Paradox

**Anyone who loves his life, loses it** (John 12:25).

John 20:8
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalms 51:3-4,12-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33

Sermon Week/Year

Fifth Sunday of Lent,

Sermon Topic


The Lord Jesus, the Apostles, the New Testament writers and the Early Christians all made use of jolting paradoxes in their teaching…

In the Kingdom of God, the last are first, the first are last.

The humble will be exalted; the exalted will be humbled.

Those who mourn will rejoice; those who laugh will cry.

Jesus’ use of paradoxes startled His listeners as He challenged the way they viewed God, themselves, the world, happiness — even life itself. In so doing, He issued a call to repentance: radical change; reversal of values; flip-flopping of pre-suppositions.

Jesus’ teachings often seem to contradict our natural way of looking at ourselves and the world around us. And it may be accurate to say that none of Christ’s paradoxes are as astonishingly discomforting as the one in which He declares, “Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for My sake, that man will save it” (Lk. 9:24). After all, when…

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